Fowler pleased with Sunshine Girls’ depth

May 24, 2019

VETERAN goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler, who is now playing professionally in Australia for the West Coast Fever team in Suncorp Super Netball is very pleased with the make up of Jamaica's squad which will be vying for World Cup glory in Liverpool, England between July 12-21.

On Tuesday, Netball Jamaica released the names of 12 players who will be hoping to make up for Jamaica's fourth place finish four years ago in Sydney, Australia.

Fowler, who captained the team at last year's Commonwealth Games, in Gold Coast, Australia, where they finished third for the bronze medal, said the team has depth.

Very confident

"This squad is very deep as the girls have been playing well with their respective teams. They have stepped up a notch this season and I am very confident of the team doing well at the World Cup," she said.

Fowler, who will be making her third World Cup appearance, is one of three shooters who are playing in Australia. The others are Shimona Nelson, who plays for Collingwood Magpies, and Romelda Aiken, who plays for the Queensland Firebirds.

Two other Jamaicans, Kadie-Ann Dehaney, who plays for the Melbourne Vixens, and Shamera Sterling, who plays for Adelaide Thunderbirds, are also in Australia. Except for Dehaney's team, who lead the league with 26 points, and Nelson's team, fourth with 20 points, the other three Jamaicans' teams are struggling as they are occupying the last three spots, sixth to eight on six points each.

Despite their experience inside the circle, both Fowler and Aiken will be under pressure for starting places at the World Cup. This is because Nelson, the former University of West Indies standout, is having a dream season for her team and could force one of the veterans to sit on the bench when the competition begins next month.

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