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Fowler-Reid ready to conquer Caribbean

Published:Thursday | July 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey

Sunshine Girls ace shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid said that she is ready to lead Jamaica to the top of the Caribbean Netball Championships set for St Lucia next month.

Fowler-Reid, who returned to the national team on Wednesday, after helping the Southern Steel to win the New Zealand ANZ Championships, told The Gleaner that the Sunshine Girls are determined to prove to everyone that the recent drawn series against Barbados was just a fluke.

"Honestly, we have a very good chance because all the girls are very talented, and so I am sure that we are going to put up a good fight in the Caribbean Championships," said Fowler-Reid.

"In previous times, the girls have all felt lifted when I am around, and that is really good, and I really appreciate that my presence can do that. I know that we are all going to come together and show them (the Caribbean) what we have. The Barbados draw was just a fluke," she said.

"Personally, I am not going to let anything pressure me, and I am not going to put anything on my back because I am only one person, and so I need the support of everybody in and around this organisation," Fowler-Reid added.




The Sunshine Girls were without a number of their senior players for the three-Test against Barbados which ended 1-1 at the National Arena. However, the team has now been boosted with the return of the star players, including Malysha Kelly, who played in Australia's top leagues this season.

Also returning to the Sunshine Girls set-up are Vangelee Williams, Vanessa Walker, and Shantal Slater, who played in England's top netball competition this season. Veteran player Paula Thompson also returned to the Sunshine Girls squad after missing the Barbados series this year.

Fowler-Reid added that she is happy to be back in the national team and everyone was focused and working very hard in training.

"It really good to be back with my country. I just started training today (Wednesday). It is a bit intense because I had a few days off, but it really feels good to be back, and I am enjoying it so far," she said.