Fowler-Reid leads Southern Steel to title

June 29, 2017


Jamaica Sunshine Girls shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid turned in a brilliant performance to lead the Southern Steel to a comfortable 69-53 victory over the Central Pulse to claim the inaugural ANZ Premiership title in Invercargill on Tuesday.

The victory capped off a perfect season for the Steel, who stretched their unbeaten record to 16 wins.

Fowler-Reid, who is top scorer in this season's competition, netted 56 goals in the Steel's victory.

Fowler-Reid, who is due in the island next month, said is she available to represent the Sunshine Girls at the Caribbean Netball Championships in August.

However, she said she will be meeting with Netball Jamaica to discuss the way forward for Sunshine Girls, this following their 1-1 series draw against Caribbean side Barbados in May.

"I will be back in Jamaica by the end of June and I will definitely make myself available for the Caribbean tournament," said Fowler-Reid.

"However, I do not intend to be beaten by these countries which are ranked lower than us, so I am hoping the coaching structure and mindset will be changed to that of one which has more international coaching experience under their belt, and not one who thinks it's time for these teams to beat us, because we have been beating them for some 30 years," she said at the time.

Meanwhile, Sunshine Girls overseas-based defender Malysha Kelly, said she is also available to represent the country at the Caribbean Netball Championships.

Kelly, who plies her trade in the Australian Super League, said she will also be seeking to have a meeting with Netball Jamaica officials to also discuss the Sunshine Girls series against the 12th ranked Bajans.

The Sunshine Girls' new coach, Jermaine Allison-McCracken, came in for much criticism after she suspended three senior players before the start of their three-match home series against Barbados last month.

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