Dunedin-based Silver Ferns shooter Jodi Brown will again
captain the Southern Steel and will have midcourter Wendy
Frew as an experienced deputy.
Coach Janine Southby yesterday confirmed the leadership
structure following the Steel's first official training
session in Invercargill.
Last year was a tough one for the Steel, which began the
rebuilding process following the departures of long-serving
coach Robyn Broughton and a group of players.
Brown said she was now expecting the players to take on more
responsibility to lift the Steel's performances.
''We have a season under our belts now so it's time for us as
players to really step up and I'm looking forward to driving
''We do want to be self-responsible and we do want to make
sure we take ownership as players,'' she said.
Brown, a mother of two, said a strong team dynamic was
already emerging at the Steel.
''There's a really good vibe and everyone is excited to
start. We've established a good base which we will continue
to build on as pre-season progresses so we can push forward
and keep reaching our targets.
''We are realistic about what we are going to achieve in
2013, and if we stay focused on that, we will reach the
''We are aiming to be in the top six and, considering we
finished ninth last year, I think that will be a solid
achievement. Anything after that will be a bonus.''
Frew, who returns to the Steel environment after a year off
following the birth of son Archie, was excited to be given
''It's a huge honour for me and I'm really looking forward to
the role,'' Frew said.
''Jodi is a fantastic leader and she shows it on and off the
court, so it will be great to work alongside her and assist
where I can.''
The intensity of the ANZ Championship placed considerable
demands on players - a challenge Frew was already embracing.
''Just having the opportunity to return to the court in the
toughest netball league on the planet is motivating enough.
This extra leadership role increases the desire even further
to lead by example and make sure I am setting the bar high
for our younger players.''