Jodi Brown keen to press her Silver Ferns case

There are no Commonwealth Games trials for the Silver Ferns this year, but Monday's game against the Magic might as well be for Southern Steel captain Jodi Brown.

Brown would love to add to her 35 test caps in Glasgow this year.

To guarantee a place in Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu's squad for the big event, Brown could do worse than turn in a big performance against her international team mates Leana de Bruin and Casey Kopua, especially with fellow goal attack Ellen Halpenny coveting a black dress from the far end of the court.

"It's always on your mind, because we aren't having trials like the Australian team have. The stock answer is that you have to perform well for your franchise before you even get considered for the Silver Ferns. (I've been) a bit patchy, but hopefully my name is there come June," Brown said.

"It's really important to perform against New Zealand's top defenders. If I can foot it against Casey and Leana then I'm in good stead, I guess."

Brown turned in arguably her best shooting performance since the arrival of Jhaniele Fowler-Reid in last week's win over the Mystics in Auckland.

The Ascot Park Hotel-sponsored Steel begin the weekend in sixth place on the ladder, although they are only ahead of the Thunderbirds and Mystics on goal differential. Thunderbirds have a game in hand.

The Steel have a bye next weekend before finishing the season with home games against the Tactix (Dunedin) and Vixens (Invercargill).

Sunday's win over the Mystics helped rub away some of the memories of an embarrassing loss to the Swifts in Canberra and have buoyed the outfit, Brown said.

"What came out of the review was that when we stuck to our game plan it worked. We had people down the defence end attacking the ball forward, which has been something we've been lacking throughout the season.

Steel defender Erena Mikaere was set to rejoin the team this morning, following the death of her grandmother in Rotorua.

The Southland Times