2021 ANZ Premiership: Top 10 quiet achievers – #3 Jamie Hume

NOW that the ANZ Premiership season has come to a close Draft Central takes a look back at some of the quiet achievers that effectively plied their trade throughout the year. Getting the nod at number three on the countdown is goaler Jamie Hume.

In a team littered with big names, Hume left her mark on the competition in season 2021. The goal attack elevated her game this season with her increased accuracy to post and confidence to back herself time and time again as the year went on. Joining Maia Wilson under the post the pair posed a damaging threat for opposition teams with their shooter to shooter connection, allowing them to slice through the defence and generate some real momentum in attack.

Towards the backend of the season, Hume showcased some real leadership and composure to lead the charge in the circle and post handy totals for the Northern Stars. With Wilson falling somewhat off the boil it was up to Hume to steady the ship and provide that steady stream of goals which she proved she was more than capable of doing. Hume displayed her netball smarts to continuously get into damaging positions and started to really command the ball with her well-timed drives and fancy footwork in the circle. Most importantly though, Hume showcased that she was more than willing to shoot from range and had the skillset to execute it.

The shooter impressed with her ability to switch between goal attack and goal shooter and also highlighted her adaptability and flexibility to work with the constantly changing attack line. Although Wilson was the main port of call, Hume proved that she was able to shoulder the load and work seamlessly with both Amorangi Maelsala and Monica Falkner inside the circle to rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking over. Her crafty court movement and netball smarts only dazzled as the Stars’ campaign went on.

Connecting seamlessly with her teammates inside the circle, Hume also managed to build strong connections with the likes of newcomer Gina Crampton with the pair often engaging in a clever 1-2 play around circle edge to inch closer to the post. Hume was not afraid to take the game on and used her turn of speed to catch the opposition off-guard each and every time. Her aerial skills also shone throughout the season as did her balance to dance along the goal-line. Hume’s work rate was undeniable bursting out at the centre pass and then sprinting back to help out in the second phase play. Her defensive tendencies also took centre stage, utilising her hands over pressure to slow down the transition of her opposition.

The Northern Stars goaler finished with 244 goals to her name from 328 attempts at 74 per cent. She also racked up 204 centre pass receives and 137 feeds while reeling in 10 rebounds, highlighting her capacity to challenge for the ball in the air. Defensively Hume collected 12 deflections, 19 pickups and six intercepts but coughed up the ball 69 times, an area she will be hoping to improve on.

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