Southern Steel goal attack Jamie Hume grateful for opportunities in national netball league - April 2, 2017
by SCOTT DONALDSON
Southern Steel goal attack Jamie Hume has had a taste of the national netball league, and now she wants some more.
She sits behind the impressive shooting combination of 1.98 metre Jamaican international Jhaniele Fowler-Reid and Silver Ferns goal attack Te Paea Selby-Rickit, but is grateful for any opportunity she can get.
The 21-year-old, who is in her second season with the southern netball franchise, made her debut in the final quarter of the Southern Steel's 75-57 first up ANZ Premiership victory over the new Northern Stars in Hamilton.
"It was awesome, it was such a cool experience, pretty hard, but it was really good," she said.
"It is such an amazing combination, for me to get in there is hard to crack."
"I don't expect to be pushing them out of their spots, but I mean we are such a competitive team we push each other at trainings every week to help each other grow as players, so I think I am learning so much off them."
According to Hume, the Northern Mystics represent a big challenge in round two on Monday night in Auckland, with a sprinkling of new players in 2017.
The team is largely changed from the combination that lost to the Steel at the pre-season tournament in Otaki.
"It is going to be a whole other kettle of fish I think, we are just going to take each week as it comes and do our own jobs properly and hopefully we will come out with the win," she said.
The Mystics squad includes experienced Silver Ferns Anna Harrison and Maria Tutaia, along with Silver Ferns shooter Bailey Mes and former Southern Steel defender Storm Purvis, in a squad that lost a first round thriller 56-55 to the Central Pulse.
The new structure of the national netball league, with double headers and Super Sundays, along with the tweaking of substitution rules are likely to mean more court time for young squad members like Hume, Abby Erwood and Jennifer O'Connell.
"The time I do get I have just to take the bull by the horns and do as well as I can," she said.
"I think just because of numbers in a team our players are going to have to get a rest at some point. It is going to be a long season, things come up, I have just got to be ready for any opportunity."
The NZ U21 international scored three goals in seven minutes to open her account at national league level.
The Central Otago player noticed the step up in intensity from the Beko League, although she was helped by the experienced players around her.
"It is a lot faster and the players are a lot stronger so it is much more physical, the ANZ is just a whole another level," she said.
"Going on I was surrounded by some really awesome players, a few internationals, they were just real supportive, I was definitely very lucky to have my team-mates."
Hume is also eligible to play for the South team in the national development league, as she has played no more than 36 quarters of national league level netball.
"At the moment, as much court time I can get is good time, it is helping me as a player, wherever I can play is good, ideally I would like to be on the court for the Steel, but if Beko is an option in some weeks, it will be good either way," she said.
Meanwhile, the Netball South team suffered their second loss of the season in the development league, losing 52-46 to the Northern Marvels, with Aliyah Dunn shooting 38/45.
South held a 13-7 lead early, but were unable to hold on.
At a glance
What: Northern Mystics vs Southern Steel
When: Monday, 7:40pm
Where: The Trusts Arena, Auckland