Robert Bailey, Star Writer
Oozing confidence ahead of her departure today for the ANZ Championships in New Zealand, Jamaica’s goal shooter, Jhaniele Fowler, is aiming to lead her team Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel to this year’s final of the competition.
The Southern Steel team had poor showing in the ANZ Championships last year, as they finished second from bottom in the standings.
“I am a confident player and this is what I bring to the team,” said Fowler.
“My aim is to lead them into the final of the championships,” Fowler said.
“My aim is also to become to the top shooter in the ANZ Championships this year,” she said.
The 23-year-old, who was the most prolific shooter for the Sunshine Girls at the World Netball Championships in Singapore 2011, has emerged as one of the world’s top goal shooters over the past year.
The lanky player added that she is not worried by the fact that it will be cold in her soon-to-be home of Invercargill, which is located in New Zealand’s deep south.
“Adjusting is not going to be very difficult for me, because I am professional player and I have been to a lot of countries that are cold and so I am not worrying about it,” Fowler said.
The powerful shooter, who stands at 6’6″, is set to become the tallest player in the ANZ championships, eclipsing Aiken by three-quarters of an inch.
“I am hoping to be a big asset for my team, but I just have to make sure that I shoot accurately throughout the championships,” she said. Fowler, who signed a one-year contract with Southern Steel last year, noted that she will be doing her best to impress the coaching star in order to secure a contract extension.
“My intention is to go down there and play hard and once I do that, then I will definitely be able to get another contract for next year,” she said.
She last represented the Sunshine Girls in the Fast5 Netball World Series, which was held in New Zealand last November.
Fowler says she will be using the experience gained from playing in the ANZ Championships to improve her performance on the national team.
“I am hoping to gain a lot of experience from playing in this league, because I will be playing against some of the best players in the world. This will certainly help me to improve my overall game for the national team,” Fowler said.
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