1 Nov 2008

Australia challenge van Dyk's gentle reputation

12:17 pm on 1 November 2008

The Australian netball side has returned fire over New Zealand complaints of rough play by challenging Silver Ferns star Irene van Dyk's reputation as a gentle giant.

Diamonds coach Norma Plummer claims van Dyk pushes the limits of fair play herself after the New Zealand camp alleged their shooter was unfairly targeted.

Ahead of Sunday's trans-Tasman clash in Brisbane Plummer says she's watched van Dyk play for a long time and she's no slouch when it comes to looking after herself.

Ferns coach Ruth Aitken appealed to the game's neutral umpires to crack down on the Diamonds' ultra-physical approach against van Dyk after their torrid 46-41 win in Melbourne last Sunday.