Southby not panicked by Southern Steel's form

20:09, Feb 09 2014

Jodi Brown has a calf injury and Southern Steel dropped both their pre-season games on Saturday, but coach Janine Southby isn't panicking.

Brown's calf problem isn't considered too serious, but there is a lot of work going into getting her ready to travel with the team to Melbourne on Thursday for the Summer Shootout, a pre-season tournament involving all 10 trans-Tasman teams.

She was the only player unable to take part in practice games against the Canterbury men's team and the Canterbury Tactix in Timaru on Saturday.

The Ascot Park Hotel-sponsored Steel team was beaten heavily by the men's side and lost narrowly to the Tactix.

"We've only had three training sessions together and it's hard to get that really hard match play," Southby said.

Steel had played well in patches, but lacked consistency across both games.

There were fitness issues with some of the players, and also a problem with the team adjusting to the speed of Shannon Francois' midcourt play, Southby said.

The men's team were traditionally very strong, with Brown saying they usually beat the Silver Ferns in practise games.


The Southland Times