Dunedin Police have been called in to investigate death
threats made against controversial netball coach Norma Plummer.
The threats were understood to be made by a New Zealand fan
and were serious enough for Australian authorities to contact
local police in advance of Plummer travelling to the city
with her West Coast Fever side for the weekend's transtasman
league game against the Southern Steel.
The Herald is unaware of the specific nature of the threats
but understands that Plummer was sufficiently shaken up by
the sinister tone, forcing the team to beef-up security.
The team left the stadium swiftly after their one-goal loss
to the Steel, missing a post-match function.
A spokeswoman from New Zealand Police Southern District would
not comment on where they are at with their investigations
but confirmed "that it has received information from the
Australian authorities in relation to this and the matter is
The Fever team are now in Tauranga as they prepare for
Sunday's round five clash against the Waikato-Bay of Plenty
- by Dana Johannsen, NZ Herald