Star shooter right at home with Steelcats
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.’’