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December 29, 2012
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ANZ nerves

File - Jamaica's goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler (left) in action against England at the National Indoor Sports Centre earlier last year.

National goalshooter has jitters ahead of New Zealand move

Jamaica's top goalshooter, Jhaniele Fowler, admitted to being nervous two weeks ahead of her departure for the ANZ Championships on January 12.

Fowler, who signed a year-long contract with Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel, which is located in the deep south of New Zealand, said that she is looking forward to the challenge.

"I have been having mixed feelings about going away," said Fowler. "I am a bit anxious and nervous about moving over there.

"I have a little daughter and I will be leaving her for seven months, and so it is going to be tough for me to leave her for so long," Fowler said.

However, Fowler added that she is looking forward to linking up with her new teammates when their preseason training begins on January 15.

"Preseason training is going to be a lot of work, but I have been preparing myself for this," she said. "I have been going to the gym and I have been doing a lot of shooting on my own."

The powerful shooter, who stands at 6'6", is set to become the tallest player in the ANZ Championships, eclipsing fellow Jamaican Romelda Aiken by three-quarters of an inch.

The Southern Steel finished second from bottom in the ANZ Championships this year, but Fowler said that she will be doing her best to help them reach the finals of next year's competition.

"My aim is also to make my team reach the final of the championships," said Fowler.

"All I have to do is to train hard and stay focused throughout the championships," she said.

Continuing, Fowler added: "The expectation will be very high, but I am used to pressure and I am ready for whatever challenge that I may encounter over there."

The 23-year-old, who was the most prolific shooter for the Sunshine Girls at the World Netball Championships in Singapore last year, has emerged as one of the world's top goalshooters over the past year.

Aiken and Carla Borrego are other Jamaicans plying their trade in the ANZ Championships.

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