Plummer joins game’s greats in Hall of Fame

Iconic Australian netball coach Norma Plummer AM will be inducted into the Australian Netball Hall of Fame for her service to the sport at the 2015 Australian Netball Awards on Saturday night.

Plummer coached Australia in 89 Tests between 2004 and 2011 and led her country to 67 victories overall that included Netball World Cup titles in 2007, in New Zealand, and 2011, in Singapore, before stepping down.

Her tally is the second most Tests as Australian coach behind her predecessor Jill McIntosh.

Plummer will be officially inducted to the Hall of Fame at a gala dinner in Sydney on Saturday night and said she’s honored by the accolade and proud of her involvement in the sport for more than five decades at club, state and national level.

“It’s fantastic to be acknowledged for the work that I’ve done and very thankful that this honor has come my way,” Plummer said.

“It’s a terrific game; I love the history of the sport and one of the best parts of the sport is that you can be eight or 80 and still have a game. You can be elite or one of the kids running around in the backyard.

“It’s a great game and the fact that Australian teams have been so successful on the world stage is something to be proud of for everyone in the game.”

As a player, Plummer represented Australia in 16 Tests – including four as captain – and was part of the triumphant team that won the 1975 Netball World Cup.

MP 1997Plummer was the foundation coach of the Melbourne Phoenix in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy, leading the team to the inaugural title in 1997.

She also coached West Coast Fever in the ANZ Championship for three seasons from 2012.

In 2015, Plummer coached South Africa at the Netball World Cup in Sydney where the Proteas finished fifth.

Between 1995 and 2003 Plummer was coach of the Australian 21/U program where she had a remarkable record that included winning back-to-back world titles in 1996 and 2000. Crucially, she is credited for helping to develop some of Australia’s modern day greats.

“I think we only lost one game in that time I was coaching the 21’s but we never lost a series,” Plummer declared.

“I loved doing that development role and I hope that in some small way that has helped to keep Australia at the top.”

Plummer was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her services to netball in the 2013 Australia Day honors list.