Fowler-Reid excited about Australia challenge
After spending five years playing professional netball in the ANZ League for the Southern Steele, in New Zealand, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid was upbeat after leaving the island recently for Australia, where she will represent her West Coast Fever in the Suncorp Super League.
The Mico University College third-year student, who is doing her bachelor's degree, majoring in guidance and counselling, says she is looking forward to the new challenge.
"It was five amazing years for me playing in New Zealand as we went from the bottom straight to the top. Last year, we won every single game and came away with the championships title and this was very amazing," said Fowler-Reid. "However, after these five amazing years, I felt I had accomplished so much and it was time for me to spread my wings and move on to different things and see what more experience I could gain in the sport, and I think Australia has a lot to offer."
The outstanding goal shooter thinks there is a lot to learn in Australia because of the intense competition there.
"I think Australia has a lot to offer, so, going there, I think I will grow so much more and just become a dominant player. There is room for improvement and I am pretty sure my game will improve big time", she added.
"Both Austraila and New Zealand have good players and just like I worked hard in New Zealand, it will be the same in Australia. I am looking towards the same performance and even better. In terms of dominance, I am planning to go there and dominate the goalkeepers and stamp my class and make my presemce felt throughout the competition. Nothing less!"
Two other Jamaicans, Kadie-Ann Dehaney and Romelda Aiken are also playing in Australia. Dehaney, national Under-21 captain and teammate of Fowler-Reid at Mico, is in her second season with the Melbourne Vixens, while veteran player Aiken plays for the Queensland Firebirds, where she has been since 2008.