Otago Daily Times

Fowler ready to cap dom­i­nant sea­son

NET­BALL

- JEFF CHESHIRE Sports · Netball · Kevin Nash · Australia · Sunshine Coast · West Coast Fever

MAYBE we did not ap­pre­ci­ate just how good the South­ern Steel had it for all those years.

Jhaniele Fowler turned in her share of dom­i­nant per­for­mances in a blue dress.

Now she is wear­ing green — and one game from com­plet­ing one of the sin­gle most dom­i­nant sea­sons in net­ball history.

The Ja­maican goal shooter was near­per­fect as she pow­ered her West Coast Fever into Aus­tralia’s Su­per Net­ball grand fi­nal.

She shot 60/61 as her team top­pled Laura Lang­man’s Sun­shine Coast Light­ning 73­59 on the Sun­shine Coast on Sun­day night.

The Fever will now meet the Mel­bourne Vix­ens on Sun­day.

It was hardly an out­lier though.

The 1.98m shooter has made an al­most un­fath­omable 910 goals from 967 at­tempts.

She has also nabbed 66 of­fen­sive re­bounds, fin­ish­ing most of her misses on the sec­ond op­por­tu­nity.

Fel­low Ja­maican Romelda Aiken has made the next­most shots with 583.

South African Lenize Pot­gi­eter, who played for the Steel in 2019, fin­ished fifth with 437 goals from 467 at­tempts.

Fowler is in her third year with the Fever.

Be­fore that, she played for the Steel from 2013 to 2017, mak­ing 71 ap­pear­ances for the side.

In that time, she scored 3374 goals, in­clud­ing 790 in 2017 — a year in which she scored 70 in one game against the Main­land Tac­tix.

That same sea­son the team went un­beaten in the in­au­gu­ral ANZ Premier­ship.

She was sim­i­larly dom­i­nant for the team in the now de­funct transtas­man league.

 ?? PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES ?? Big reach . . . West Coast Fever goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler hauls the ball in as Sun­shine Coast Light­ning de­fend­ers Phumza Maweni and Karla Pre­to­ri­ous watch dur­ing their semi­fi­nal on the Sun­shine Coast on Sun­day.
PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES Big reach . . . West Coast Fever goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler hauls the ball in as Sun­shine Coast Light­ning de­fend­ers Phumza Maweni and Karla Pre­to­ri­ous watch dur­ing their semi­fi­nal on the Sun­shine Coast on Sun­day.

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