Lo­cal goal shoots shin­ing: Wil­son

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New Zealand goal shoots play­ing in the ANZ Cham­pi­onship.

‘‘Now we’re re­build­ing qual­ity shoot­ers for New Zealand. In al­most ev­ery team, there are two New Zealand shoot­ers play­ing, which is re­ally ex­cit­ing.

‘‘So now we’re go­ing to build depth and com­pe­ti­tion in terms of per­for­mance and find out who’s go­ing to be the best.

‘‘That’s got to be a good thing, be­cause it makes the play­ers ac­count­able to the stan­dard that’s re­quired.’’

For the Mys­tics this sea­son, Wil­son has been bring­ing on Jamie Hume, who last year sat be­hind Jhaniele Fowler-reid and Te Paea Selby-rickit at the Steel.

Other young goal shoots that have gained good ex­pe­ri­ence this year are Aliyah Dunn from the Pulse and the Steel’s Jen­nifer O’con­nell.

Wil­son feels the Pre­mier­ship, which is into its sec­ond sea­son af­ter the break­away from the Aus­tralian teams, is more com­pet­i­tive this year. Even the Stars, who had been strug­gling, picked up their first win of the year on Mon­day, with a 56-53 win over the Tactix on Mon­day night.

‘‘The Pulse are a cou­ple of games out in front of ev­ery­one else, but the next four teams are in­cred­i­bly com­pet­i­tive and ev­ery game counts this year,’’ Wil­son said.

‘‘Last year the Steel were so far out in front, that if you could pick up any points against them it was a bonus.

‘‘So this it’s more com­pet­i­tive and that’s a good thing, be­cause the play­ers are learn­ing what it’s like to put a qual­ity per­for­mance out there for 60 min­utes and the im­pact of their skill ex­e­cu­tion and abil­ity to play out a game.

‘‘In the long term, that’s go­ing to reap div­i­dends and con­sid­er­ing we’ve got so many young play­ers in the Pre­mier­ship this year, it’s great for New Zealand net­ball.’’

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