Fowler rewrites record books
KINGSTON — Jamaica’s ace goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler has continued to rewrite the record books in her debut season in the ANZ Netball Championships in Australia.
The 23-year-old Fowler shot 45 goals for the Southern Steel yesterday, to move her tally to 606 goals, the most goals ever in an ANZ season.
Fowler’s tally erases the previous mark of 574 goals which was held by fellow Jamaican Carla Borrego of the Adelaide Thunderbirds.
She also set a new scoring record in the second round of the competition when she netted 65 goals to break the previous single-game scoring record of 58 goals which was jointly held by Borrego and Romelda Aiken.
Fowler’s Sunshine Girls teammate Aiken is second in the scoring chart with 507 goals while Borrego is in fourth spot on 365 goals. However, despite Fowler’s exploits, the Southern Steel lost yesterday’s game 68-56 to the West Coast Fever.
The defeat ended Steel’s championship bid. They are now out of contention for a place in this year’s play-offs. With one round of matches remaining in the championships, the Steel are now in sixth place with 12 points from 12 matches.
The powerful shooter, who stands at six feet six inches, is the tallest player in the ANZ championships, eclipsing Aiken by three-quarters of an inch.
She was the most prolific shooter for the Sunshine Girls at the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore.