Competition for squad tight

23:47, Mar 26 2014

Steel captain Jodi Brown realises she's on notice in terms of Commonwealth Games selection.

The goal attack has been a key contributor for the Steel during the past two weeks, both games where Silver Ferns coach Wai Taumaunu was watching from the stands.

''I guess one thing I've learnt is that if you take care of your performances on court, that outcome will look after itself,'' Brown said.

Competition for places in the 12-strong squad for Glasgow, to be named in June, is likely to be tight.

While incumbents will undoubtedly have the inside running, Taumaunu told Fairfax Media this week that she wouldn't be selecting experience for experience's sake.

Brown said all the players received valuable feedback from the Silver Ferns selectors on what they needed to work on in the their game.


For Brown, that has included providing more of a goal shooting option alongside Steel team mate Jhaniele Fowler-Reid.

While Brown is still ranked fourth in the trans-Tasman league for centre pass receipts and fifth for goal assists, she is also averaging six more goals per game this year than in 2013.

Brown is also enjoying working with Ferns assistant coach Vicki Wilson.

The Australian netball legend has instigated training cards for the shooters which gives them a set task to achieve each day.

For Brown that means shooting a lot of goals by herself - Brown averages about 1250 goals per week in training - at the Edgar Centre in Dunedin, usually after working with strength and conditioning coach Simon Jones and before picking up her children.


The Southland Times