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Fowler takes flight - Sunshine Girls star takes aim at Aussie title after achieving scoring record

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2020 | 12:09 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Australia’s Sharni Layton (right) and Jamaica’s Jhaniele Fowler reach for the ball during their Netball World Cup semi-final in Sydney, Australia, in August 2015.
Australia’s Sharni Layton (right) and Jamaica’s Jhaniele Fowler reach for the ball during their Netball World Cup semi-final in Sydney, Australia, in August 2015.

Having broken the record for the most goals in a match, national senior netball captain Jhaniele Fowler has now set her sights on leading the West Coast Fever to this year’s Suncorp Netball Super League title in Australia.

Fowler, who is rated as the best goal shooter in the world, netted 69 goals from 71 attempts in the Fever’s 80-71 victory over New South Wales Swifts in Australia on Saturday.

Her tally eclipsed her previous record of 66 goals, which she set two years ago. The victory was the Fever’s fifth win in their last six matches this season.

The 31-year-old Fowler, who has never won the Suncorp Super League title before, told The Gleaner from her base in Australia yesterday that she was very delighted with her achievement, but that her main goal is to win this year’s title with her team.

“What I am looking forward to the most this year is to make the final and win, because I would love to get the championships under my belt,” said Fowler.

THIRD PLACE STANDING

“We are currently third in the standings, and so it is going to be really hard to get into the top two because we have two more games to play, and they are all must-win games for us,” she added.

Fowler underscored that she was delighted with her accomplishments, noting that they came after working hard over the years to improve on her game on court.

“I am feeling very humbled about it (record) because it is not every day I can go out there and score so many goals in one game,” she said. “There was no pressure on me at all to do it, because I only found out that I broke the record at the end of the game. I was just playing, wanting to win.”

Fowler added that she has been showered with praises from players as well as coaches around the league following Saturday’s performance.

“Everyone have been speaking about it and everyone have been congratulating me, and so the response has been very nice ... it has been a good achievement,” she said. “I have broken my own record, and so it is only upwards from here. I will try to do it again, hopefully, before I retire from the sport.”

“Personally, it does continue to build my confidence to know that I am able to still go out there and dominate against some of the best defenders in the world,” she stated.

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