Steel GA's shooting form back to its best

Southern Steel goal attack Te Paea Selby-Rickit trains at the Edgar Centre last week as she...
Southern Steel goal attack Te Paea Selby-Rickit trains at the Edgar Centre last week as she prepares for the side’s game against the Central Pulse in Dunedin tonight. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
Confidence has returned and with it has come form for Te Paea Selby-Rickit.

A tough start to the season left the Southern Steel goal attack shooting at just 65% through the first four games.

When the side lined up against the Mainland Tactix in its fifth game, she found herself being virtually left open in the first half.

She does not know if that was the catalyst for her return to form.

But as the Tactix dared to make shots - make shots she did.

Back came her confidence and she finished the game shooting at 25 from 30.

An 18/19 game against the Central Pulse followed and she has now shot at 83% through the last three.

That will please the Steel, as it will need Selby-Rickit at her best to topple the unbeaten Pulse in Dunedin tonight.

"I suppose I just had a really slow start with my shooting," she said.

"At the end of last year I was trying to change up a couple of things with my technique.

"I just needed to get my confidence back and I suppose confidence comes from good performances.

"It was really good, the girls in the team were just supporting me and telling me to keep shooting and it would come.

"The last couple of games my shooting hasn't been too bad, so I think I'm feeling more confident to put them up."

The Pulse represented a tough challenge, one Selby-Rickit was looking forward to.

When the sides met two weeks ago, the Steel led 17-11 early, before slipping to a 54-50 loss.

Looking to prevent the mid-game lulls the team has been experiencing had been a focus.

Renowned for being a tough team to score against, the Pulse has a physical defensive duo of Katrina Rore and Sulu Fitzpatrick.

Selby-Rickit said being smart would be key to navigating them, limiting the ball they turned over.

It would also seem a good chance to prove herself to the Silver Ferns selectors.

Having been a constant in the squad since 2016, she was dropped for the Northern Quad Series in January.

However, coach Noeline Taurua has said in recent weeks spots for July's World Cup remain very much up for grabs.

Selby-Rickit (27) said she remained in regular contact with the selectors to get feedback on how she was tracking.

However, it was not the primary focus for now.

"Obviously it's always back in the mind, but for me I've just been focusing on my shooting and just trying to get a bit of consistency back.

"If that [making the Silver Ferns] happens it'd be awesome, an extra bonus, but I'm not focusing on it too much at the moment.

"I just want to focus on my own game and being consistent for the Steel."

Another focus was university, which Selby-Rickit was attending full-time this semester.

Having been chipping away at an education degree since 2012, she had decided to make it a priority and finish it.

That was keeping her busy, although she was enjoying having something outside of netball to occupy her.

ANZ Premiership
Dunedin, Wednesday, 7.40pm
Steel: Gina Crampton, Shannon  Saunders, Kate Heffernan, Kendall McMinn, Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit, Courtney Elliott, Abby Erwood, Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Lenize Potgieter, Jennifer O’Connell.
Pulse: Katrina Rore, Sulu Fitzpatrick, Elle Temu, Karin Burger, Claire Kersten, Whitney Souness, Maddy Gordon, Aliyah Dunn, Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Tiana Metuarau.

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