Norma Plummer. Photo by Getty
Dunedin police have been called in to investigate threats
against netball coach Norma Plummer.
The threats were made last year by a New Zealand fan and were
serious enough for the Australian Federal Police to contact
local authorities in advance of Plummer travelling to Dunedin
with her West Coast Fever side for the weekend's transtasman
league game against the Southern Steel.
The Fever said last night that the threats were made via a
posting on Plummer's personal website.
The New Zealand Herald understands Plummer was so
shaken up by the sinister tone that the team beefed up
security during their stay down south.
The team and support staff left the stadium swiftly after
their one-goal loss to the Steel on Saturday, missing a
Police Southern District confirmed information had been
received from the Australian authorities but would not
comment on the investigation.
Plummer did not wish to comment on the incident and a
spokeswoman for the franchise said the veteran coach "just
wants to do her job".
The Fever team are now in Tauranga as they prepare for
Sunday's round five match against the unbeaten Waikato-Bay of
Steel chief executive Sue Clarke said the franchise was not
made aware of the Fever camp's concerns in the lead-up to the
"We would be very disappointed to learn of any visiting coach
or team being treated in a negative way," she said.
Known for her outspoken style, Plummer has often courted
controversy over her coaching career.
She got off to a rocky start with New Zealand fans when,
after taking on the Australian coaching job, she famously
claimed the Silver Ferns played like a "bunch of scrubbers"
in the 2003 world championship final.
While her frank and forthright approach has often jarred with
the conservative netball set, many consider Plummer to be a
breath of fresh air for the controversy-shy sport.