Southern Steel young gun Jamie Hume shooting for more court time after first national netball league start - May 12, 2017
by SCOTT DONALDSON
Southern Steel goal attack Jamie Hume made an immediate impact in her starting debut against the Mainland Tactix, and now she can't wait to get back on court.
The 21-year-old scored some impressive long range goals during the Steel's come from behind 61-55 victory over the Tactix, as the southern netball franchise took the opportunity to blood some of their less experienced players, now the Steel are preparing to take on the Waikato - Bay of Plenty Magic in Rotorua on Sunday.
While the win was closer than expected, it was a reality check for the unbeaten Steel who have plenty to improve on ahead of their top-of-the-table clash.
"We have always got things to work on, our work on list is always bigger than the things we did well, we criticise ourselves quite a lot I think, there is no such thing as the perfect game I don't think," Hume said.
"I have just got to take every opportunity that I get given and just perform as well as I can to show that I deserve to be out there when I can be, whenever I am given the opportunity, just do as well as I can."
"So we are all pretty excited about this weekend."
Hume finished the Tactix game with 16/23 along with nine goal assists, 13 feeds into the circle and 12 centre pass receipts.
The New Zealand under-21 representative was pleased to get more ANZ Premiership minutes, after making some cameo appearances earlier in the season, while she has also played in the Beko League.
"It was obviously a lot harder than what I was playing," she said.
"ANZ is a whole new level than the Beko League, it was really awesome to get out there on court."
"I supposed there are bigger expectations when you start, but I just try to think of doing what I can do and focus on my own job rather than focussing on the difference, I just have to focus on my own job."
The Markham College club player had the advantage of playing in familiar conditions at Dunedin's Edgar Centre, where she has played regularly for more than three years.
The 1.82m goal attack enjoys shooting from long range, which is one of the strengths of her game.
"I am not seven foot tall so I don't have the luxury of getting in as close to the hoop," she said.
"It is definitely a string to my bow."
The Southern Steel used the match to test out different combinations, but were made to work hard as the Tactix pushed them until the fourth quarter.
Hume started the game with Jamaican international Jhaniele Fowler-Reid in the shooting circle, before she spent the middle two quarters alongside Te Paea Selby-Rickit.
The bottom placed Tactix, with their defensive combination of Zoe Walker and Temalisi Fakahokotau kept the Steel attack on their toes.
"It is something we have been working on in training and we have been trying to have a bit of variety rather than just having Jhaniele in the back and being able to chuck it into her," Hume said.
"So it was definitely good to have her to start with and settle into the game, it is not hard but something we have to do is adapt to different combinations."
Meanwhile, the Netball South team will be looking for another victory in their national development league match against WBOP at the conclusion of the Steel versus Magic game.
At a glance
What: Steel vs Magic
Where: Energy Events Centre, Rotorua
When: Sunday 2pm