90 goals in 60 minutes!

Hope Hamilton

Riddell District Football Netball League goal shooter Hope Evans shot 90 goals in just 60 minutes, helping secure a 103-26 win against the Sunbury Kangaroos on Saturday.

Just a day later, Jamaica’s Jhaniele Fowler-Reid broke the record for most goals scored in a match in the Netball World Cup. Fowler-Reid shot at an impressive 95 per cent to post 59 goals from 62 attempts.

Both accomplishments have been an incredible showcase of talent in both elite and grassroots netball, with Evans and Fowler-Reid showing tremendous composure under pressure.

34-year-old Evans started playing netball at the age of 8 and hasn’t put the ball down since.

Joining the Romsey Redbacks in 2010, Evans said she is ‘quite a bit older’ than some of the women she competes against and considers herself the ‘mum of the team’.

A mum both on and off the court, Evans has a personal cheer squad with three young children helping her find motivation in being a good role model.

Despite her impressive shooting statistics on Saturday, Evans has never had any formal shooting training and relies on her teammates for guidance.

“One of my teammates stands on the circle and after feeding me the ball she’ll say ‘off your fingers’. That helps me because sometimes I’ll tend to just throw the ball up like it’s a pancake,” said Evans.

The experienced goal shooter said the weekend’s win wasn’t a one man show, recognising the consistency and harmony of the entire team.

“It’s a huge team effort to keep pushing for the full 60 minutes,” said Evans.

“It’s a credit to all of our team that we set ourselves targets, we set ourselves goals and we want to hit a certain score each quarter just to keep pushing ourselves and we did that on Saturday.”

Catch Evans next weekend at Salesian College, Sunbury as she tries to beat her PB with the support of her team against Rupertswood.