Sun­shine again

... Fowler-Reid happy to be back in na­tional set-up

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Ray­mond Gra­ham Gleaner Writer

FOL­LOW­ING DIS­MAL per­for­mances from Ja­maica’s se­nior net­ball team on two re­cent over­seas as­sign­ments, Net­ball Ja­maica has called on the ser­vices of ex­pe­ri­enced goal­shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid to help them in their next tour­na­ment – a four-match se­ries against Eng­land later this month.

The Sun­shine Girls were swept 3-0 in a friendly se­ries in New Zealand and fin­ished fifth in the six-team Fast5 Net­ball World Se­ries in Aus­tralia in what was the coun­try’s worst per­for­mance ever at the tour­na­ment.

With­out Fowler-Reid and fel­low world-rated player Romelda Aiken in the team, the Ja­maicans were rather poor, es­pe­cially in the Fast5 tour­na­ment, where they failed mis­er­ably in the shoot­ing cir­cle.

Both Aiken and Fowler-Reid, who ply their trade over­seas, had come un­der fire from Net­ball Ja­maica for not mak­ing them­selves avail­able for those tour­na­ments.

How­ever, Fowler-Reid, who is also a stu­dent at the Mico Univer­sity Col­lege, where she is do­ing a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in guid­ance and coun­selling cleared the air re­cently about her ab­sence and will be avail­able for the up­com­ing Eng­land friendly.

Ja­maica, which is ranked num­ber four on the world list, is hop­ing to use the tour­na­ment to get back on track against their fierce ri­vals, who are ranked at num­ber three.

Fowler-Reid, who will be at­tend­ing her first train­ing ses­sion with the na­tional team this af­ter­noon, is very ex­cited to get back in the na­tional set-up.

BEST PER­FOR­MANCE

“I am very ex­cited to be go­ing back to the squad to train with them as part of the team go­ing to Eng­land later this month. I am look­ing for­ward to help­ing to re­deem some of what we have lost over the past few weeks with the games we have played in New Zealand and Aus­tralia, and I am hop­ing to give my best per­for­mance here,” said Fowler-Reid.

Fowler-Reid also spoke about her rea­sons for miss­ing the New Zealand and Fast5 as­sign­ments.

“In terms of not go­ing to those tour­na­ments, I had per­sonal things to deal with, in­clud­ing school – mak­ing sure that ev­ery­thing was okay at school be­cause I am out for a full se­mes­ter, and I am thank­ful to the Mico Univer­sity Col­lege be­cause they un­der­stand what I am do­ing and they give me a lot of room to do what I love to do as well to get an ed­u­ca­tion,” she con­tin­ued.

“In terms of shape, I am not yet fully where I want to be fit­ness-wise, but I am get­ting ready and I will be work­ing on get­ting to a level where I think I will be okay on the court. My body is ready and my skill is al­ways there, but fit­ness re­ally plays an im­por­tant role for be­ing on the court for 60 min­utes, and with a lit­tle more run­ning and car­dio, I will be ready,” said FowlerReid who last sea­son, had the best shoot­ing av­er­age in the ANZ tour­na­ment while play­ing for the South­ern Steel.

Fowler-Reid

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