Shar Lowe has returned to the netball court after having her second child in 2019. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Sharp shooter back in business

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Shar Lowe has become accustomed to sinking crucial goals under pressure.

The Prices-Waimea Ahurei goal shoot has scored the winning points in two premier netball finals in nail biting last second finishes.

Shar says it’s an unfortunate reality of her position that games are often won or lost on her shoulders.

“The downside of being a shooter is that everyone remembers who missed or got the shot.”

However, Shar has, more often than not, stepped up when her side needs her the most.

“I just try to remember that, while it does matter, it doesn’t really. The reality is there may be one or two points in it but there are so many other things that happen in a game that affect it.”

Shar returned to the court this season after sitting 2019 out to give birth to her second child, Fern.

She says, while it is good to be back, the stop-start nature of the season has been difficult.

“I have struggled as bit this year coming back from baby number two and the fact we are pretty light on shooters.”

Shar came back to plenty of new faces in the squad.

“Our whole attacking end is different, but it’s been good having young ones come through.”

Also new to the Prices team this year is former Mainland Tactix star Zoe Walker.

“We push harder because Zoe does, coming from that high-performance background, she can go that much longer.”

Prices are on the hunt for a three-peat this year but of course standing in their way will be rivals Jacks OPD.

The sides have been involved in some epic encounters in recent seasons.

“You can almost scrap the first three quarters and just play the last to see what happens, it always comes down to the last five minutes and so much can go on.”

The last two premier finals saw Prices prevail 43-41 in 2018 and 36-35 last season.

Shar is confident her club can go back to back to back.

“It will be about consistency no matter what combinations we have on court.”

Growing up in Stoke, Shar played netball throughout her years at Nelson College for Girls, making a New Zealand secondary schools’ side that included future Silver Ferns superstars Maria Tutaia and Catherine Latu.

“There was not much chance of me getting inside that shooters circle, but I was more than happy to be a feeder.”

Shar went on to represent Canterbury B and U19s before moving to England where she met her husband, Ben.

After four years in the UK, the pair returned to Nelson where Shar would take her talents to Prices.

Success soon followed with the first of three championships coming in 2015.

Shar says after seven years she will never change clubs.

“My family has instilled a sense of loyalty to people who treat you right so I will always be a Prices girl.”

She admits it has been an adjustment juggling her netball commitments, two young children and part time job at Clifton Terrace School.

“It can be a bit tricky but I’m really lucky to have a very supportive husband.”

Shar is hopeful they can continue the season after two separate breaks due to Covid-19 restrictions.

“Things are a bit frustrating but it’s just the way of the world at the moment.”

She says she has no immediate plans to hang up the skirt.

“It’s a bit tough on the body these days but I will play as long as I can.”