Netball | Cool hand Jess right on target for North Albury

FORTY from 41; 25 from 26; 24 from 25.

That’s the almost unbelievable stats from gun North Albury shooter Jess Fisher-Curnow in the past three weeks.

Those close to the Hoppers say the CSU physiotherapy student takes great pride in shooting in the high 80 per cent range, but in recent weeks she has been close to perfect.

Fisher-Curnow said she had just been lucky.

“I wish I had a secret training tip, a routine that I could tell you about but I guess I’m just a really good fluke,” she joked.

“But as a shooter you need to convert the chances you get.

“There would be nothing worse than as a defender taking an intercept, a rebound or forcing a turnover, if the shooters kept on missing.”

Fisher-Curnow is almost a veteran in the Hoppers’ A grade team.

She started playing A grade netball at Yackandandah at just 13, lost two grand finals by a goal and then decided to play in the Ovens and Murray.

Fisher-Curnow, 20, is now captain, won the best and fairest on Saturday night and is in her fourth year of A grade for North Albury.

She leads a group where Kirby Logie, 24, is the senior member.

This year the Hoppers also added Kimberly Opdam, 15, at the start of winter, Emma Schulz, 17 and Jacqui Newton, 17, to the starting seven.

“When I was looking for an O and M club after playing juniors at Yackandandah it was the strength of the coaches and their junior development that drew me to Bunton Park,” Fisher-Curnow said.

“I think that is part of the reason we have so many young girls coming to the club from outside Albury-Wodonga.

“We have all four sides in the finals and I think that has been the same since I arrived here as a 16-year-old five years ago.

“We all train as a squad on a Tuesday so you get to see the talent and depth rising through the club.”

Hoppers netball stalwart Paula Cary said Fisher-Curnow had been amazing.

“Even by her high standards Jess has been great in recent weeks,” she said.

“She works the spaces really well and doesn’t have to shoot from underneath the ring.”

Fisher-Curnow rates the Lavington defenders as the toughest in the competition but said her immediate target was Corowa Rutherglen in the elimination final at Myrtleford on Sunday.

“It’s always a danger game — we beat them by 30 in the first round and then just two goals, two weeks ago,” she said.

“When they are on, they’re on.

“We can’t afford to let them into the game, we need to be on from the start.”