NETBALL: Almost 3000 people have signed a petition calling on Netball New Zealand to consider Laura Langman for selection in the Silver Ferns squad.
NNZ decided only players who competed in its domestic competition this year would be considered, after the formation of the Australian-only Suncorp Super Netball competition.
Langman, who played with the NSW Swifts in 2016, joined Sunshine Coast Lightning and the 141-Test veteran is now seemingly on the outer of her national squad.
This is crazy. Throw your support behind Laura, Aus v NZ won't be the same without her! https://t.co/buU0zjRgsv— Bianca Chatfield (@biancachatfield) May 5, 2017
Sunshine Coast Lightning stars Geva Mentor, Kelsey Browne and Erena Mikaere have thrown their support behind the petition, with Magpies star Sharni Layton also sharing the link.
"Laura Langman fire represented her country in 2005 as a teenager. She has been a loyal servant to NZ netball ever since playing 141 consecutive test matches," the petition statement reads.
"We know of many sports that allow athletes to compete overseas and come back and play for their countries.
"Elite athletes who are fortunate enough to compete in the best leagues they possibly can. We have Steven Adams in the NBA, many in Rugby League, football, cricket, to name a few."
Langman was among Lightning's best in their seven-goal win against Magpies on Saturday night.
She was credited with stopping world-class wing attack Madi Robinson in her tracks, and duly, named in Super Netball's team of the week.
"...she deserves better," the petition continues.
"She wants to represent her country. She wants to continue to develop her game and is currently competing in arguably the best netball league in the world. Improving her game, and consequently improving the people around her.
"The ARU has a rule that allows a player to compete overseas, and be eligible for National Selection, providing they have played over 60 tests for their country.
"They recognise that it is a better outcome for all involved, simply because they do not have the player depth to impose a blanket rule on their athletes."
Sunshine Coast Lightning was contacted to seek comment from Langman.
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