Star shooter right at home with Steel­cats

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd - by Antony Ste­wart antony. ste­wart@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

FOR­MER Aus­tralia goal shooter Joanne Mor­gan has a warn­ing to the Holden Cruze Cup: ‘‘ You ain’t seen noth­ing yet’’.

Af­ter dip­ping her toes into the Queens­land net­ball competition last year with the Mag­netic North Steel­cats, Mor­gan felt she owed the team an encore per­for­mance af­ter rat­ing her 2010 ef­forts as in­con­sis­tent.

As the Steel­cats brace for tonight’s round one show­down against the Cougars, Mor­gan was con­fi­dent of pro­duc­ing her blis­ter­ing best. ‘‘ I hope so. There were patches last year, but I was out of my com­fort zone, but this year I’ll hope­fully bring that con­fi­dence and con­sis­tency – I’m af­ter con­sis­tency – and be­ing a force out on the court,’’ she said.

‘‘ I feel much bet­ter this year, know­ing where my place is – ev­ery­thing’s not so strange as it was last year.’’

There will no bet­ter test for Mor­gan, or the Steel­cats’ new, hard­ened men­tal­ity, than tonight’s visit to the de­fend­ing cham­pion Cougars in Lo­gan.

Mor­gan, who rep­re­sented Aus­tralia 16 times, and played across seven sea­sons in the na­tional competition un­til 2008, had a re­mark­able shoot­ing per­cent­age dur­ing her top-flight ca­reer, reg­u­larly av­er­ag­ing above 80 per cent.

The 36-year-old for­mer Queens­land Fire­bird be­lieves Mag­netic North are bet­ter equipped to utilise her skills in 2011.

‘‘ Deb ( coach Ruka) has done so much work in the weeks lead­ing up to when I came up here with the at­tack­ers and the mid­court to get me the ball and you can no­tice the dif­fer­ence down there at train­ing,’’ Mor­gan said.

‘‘ That’s all she’s been fo­cus­ing on, know­ing that if the mid­court are de­liv­er­ing the ball then ev­ery­thing else will fol­low af­ter it.’’

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