The Courier-Mail : 2020-08-11

SPORT : 48 : 48


SPORT 48 TUESDAY AUGUST 11 2020 COURIERMAI­L.COM.AU Netball to roll with subs EMMA GREENWOOD The controvers­ial super shot rule may have been all the talk in the opening two rounds of the Super Netball season, but two games in three days is about to bring the other big change into the spotlight. The tactical nous of all eight coaches is set to be tested as the condensed season hits express mode and rolling substituti­ons become a key weapon in their arsenal. Breaks as little as 48 hours between weekend and midweek games have put the season on fast forward and management of players will be crucial for teams looking to come out of the speed zone in best shape. The three-month delay to the season caused by COVID-19 ensured most teams were more prepared for a season then ever before, and they’ll need to be. Rolling substituti­ons have been introduced – allowing unlimited player injections during play as well as at stoppages and quarter breaks – and coaches agree mastering the new rule could be the difference between season success and failure. Vixens coach Simone McKinnis was able to rest midcourt stars Kate Moloney and Liz Watson for a full quarter each in Melbourne’s 78-50 win over the Firebirds in Brisbane on Saturday in the lead-up to their next clash against the Lightning just 72 hours later. Sunshine Coast coach Kylee Byrne used the rolling sub to inject Steph Wood (pictured) into the Lightning’s match against the Magpies on Sunday, knowing if the gun shooter’s knee injury did not stand up she could quickly swap her out of the game again. “I think this year, having the condensed season and midweek games, means that you’ve got to be really smart with it,” Byrne said. RUSSELL GOULD US PGA LEADERBOAR­D -13 Collin Morikawa (USA). -11 Dustin Johnson (USA), Paul Casey (ENG). -10 Tony Finau (USA), Scottie Scheffler (USA), Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Matthew Wolff (USA), Jason Day (AUS). -9 Justin Rose (ENG). -8 Joel Dahmen (USA), Xander Schauffele (USA), Cameron Champ (USA). A FINAL round of 66 wasn’t enough for Jason Day to win a second PGA Championsh­ip but was enough for the Aussie to leave Harding Park knowing he’s back among the world’s best. The former No.1 could hear the raucous shouting as Collin Morikawa made the eagle on the 16th hole which propelled the 23-year-old American to a famous twoshot victory in San Francisco. Morikawa’s win came in just his second appearance in a major, and made him just the fourth player to win a PGA Championsh­ip before his 24th birthday. The 23-year-old American fired a bogey-free 64 to emerge from a crowded leaderboar­d and win by two shots over Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey. Morikawa picked up his WITH AFP BCME03Z01M­A - V1 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW