Former Silver Ferns shooter Jodi
Brown gets bossed around at work by her husband, Markham
Brown, and now she is set to get bossed around by another
The experienced shooter joins midcourter Hayley Saunders as
the first players to commit to the Steel for next season.
Brown works part-time for Basketball Otago helping with the
Nuggets' media arrangements - her husband is the general
And now the 30-year-old will be working with her sister
in-law, Steel co-coach Janine Southby (nee Brown).
"I think it should be pretty much smooth sailing," Brown
"To be honest, I had to think hard about it when I heard she
was co-coach because I just assumed it would be Robyn
"I really enjoyed working with Robyn during my cameo
performance for the Steel this year, so I was prepared to
play for the Steel with her coaching. But I had a really good
talk with Janine and we talked through lots of things,
especially if we have disagreement and what happens.
"But I think we've both grown a lot since the last time we
were in that situation and it should be fine."
Southby coached the Otago Rebels from 2006-07 and Brown
played in the side in 2007 along with her other sister
in-law, Megan Graamans (nee Brown).
The other interesting dynamic in Brown's decision to sign
with the Steel is her relationship with former Silver Ferns
shooter Daneka Wipiiti. There has been a lot of media
speculation about whether Wipiiti will return to play for the
Steel next season, with some suggesting Brown would replace
her in the squad.
The pair play together for the Otago women's basketball team,
"We haven't really discussed it. I take it that she is kind
of undecided about where she will play next year. But if she
stayed it would be great. We haven't really played in a
netball team together but I've enjoyed playing with her at
"I guess it will come down to what is right for her family."
Perhaps it may also come down to value for money. Wipiiti was
one of the better paid players in the squad but had a very
Brown played for the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic in 2010 and
was unavailable for international duties last year. She
opted, instead, to extend her family.
Her hiatus was short-lived.
Just seven weeks after the birth of her second daughter,
Aria, she was called into the the Steel team and made a cameo
appearance against the West Coast Fever.
Brown is an experienced campaigner and accurate shooter, but
perhaps her most valuable asset is her ability to read the
game. She is also a very fine passer of the ball.
Saunders, who was a member of the New Zealand Fast-Net team
which claimed the world series title late last year, will be
in her third season with the Steel.
Steel chief executive Julie Paterson said the Steel had a
commitment to building and retaining local talent.
"In the past we've had a reputation for simply buying players
from other regions," she said in a statement.
"But the future success of this franchise lies in our own
local talent and creating pathways for players to represent
"Jodi and Hayley have extremely strong links to our region
and we're thrilled they will form such an integral part of