Fowler-Reid on the road to top form

16:00, Apr 02 2014
Jhaniele Fowler-Reid
STEEL SHOOTER: Jhaniele Fowler-Reid.

She hasn't quite hit the soaring heights of her record-breaking rookie season, but Southern Steel goal shoot Jhaniele Fowler-Reid is getting closer all the time.

The Jamaican international was voted the most valuable player in the trans-Tasman league last year, but got off to a slow start to her 2014 campaign due to the after effects of a bout of pneumonia while on tour in England and the legacy of the rheumatic fever she suffered as a child.

''Honestly, I still feel like a rookie at times. It's not much different,'' Fowler-Reid said.

''That's the plan, to stay on top, and do the best for my team. Physically I'm getting back on track. I'm much, much better than I was at the start of the season, so that's a plus for me and my team-mates, because I'll be healthy and fitter.''

Fowler-Reid was close to her dominating best against the Adelaide Thunderbirds on Sunday, converting 50 of her 59 attempts in her best return of the season.

Already this season Fowler-Reid has landed 193 goals at 92 per cent, although she would need to average just over 50 goals a game for the rest of the season to beat the competition record she set last year.


Beating the Thunderbirds in Adelaide for the franchise's first win on Australian soil had been a momentous occasion for the team, Fowler-Reid said.

''Definitely, I'm extremely excited to be a part of it. The girls have wanted that [win] for a long time before I got here, so being part of it was awesome,'' she said.

''It would be very nice for us to keep it going, because we need more wins like that to make the top four. We need to push on.''

The Ascot Park Hotel-sponsored team return to ILT Stadium Southland for just their second game since their opening round loss to the Firebirds.

A maiden victory in the rebuilt stadium against the Northern Mystics on Sunday would be another nice achievement for the Janine Southby-coached side.

The Southland Times