Fowler's top effort for Steel stuns Tactix

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 05:00 01/04/2013
Jhaniele Fowler
MICHAEL BRADLEY/FAIRFAX NZ
HIGH TOWER: The Southern Steel's Jhaniele Fowler towers above the Canterbury Tactix.

Relevant offers

Netball

Tactix recruit Temalisi Fakahokotau to miss opener through injury Former Waikato-BOP netball player Ngawai Eyles making an impression in the south Magic captain Casey Kopua relishing having a 'competitive aspect' to her life Southern Steel netball captain Wendy Frew is keen to get off to a strong start despite two early away fixtures Southern Steel shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid looking forward to new format challenges after busy off-season helping Jamaica claim netball series win Netball NZ must get 'our own house' in order in new competition Teenager Kate Lloyd to feature as injury cover for Mainland Tactix New competition, new team, but Southern Steel still the Kiwi side to beat Southern Steel get through their preseason buildup relatively unscathed Dislocated finger results in hospital visit for Laura Langman during Lighting match

When you are trying to break an 11-game losing streak, you sometimes need someone to do something a bit special.

For the Southern Steel, who won just two games all year in 2012 and were lucky to avoid a wooden spoon which ended up in the hands of their opponents on Saturday, the Canterbury Tactix, that peformance game from Jhaniele Fowler.

Logic suggested the 1.98m goal shoot would take time to settle into what is often touted as the world's most difficult netball competition.

But after a top performance on debut against a quality Queensland Firebirds outfit last weekend, Fowler turned bully against the hapless Tactix in Christchurch on Saturday, battering them with a competition record 65 goals from 70 attempts.

In doing so she overtook the previous record for individual goals (59) scored in a game, previously held by her Sunshine Girls team mate Romelda Aiken and former Jamaican international Carla Borrego.

Steel's total of 75, with skipper Jodi Brown very much a supporting act, but still landing 10 of her 11 attempts, was a record for the franchise and challenged the trans-Tasman record of 80.

Brown said there were concerns in the camp after a poor second quarter which saw the Tactix rebound from trailing 20-18 to lead by as many as five goals before sharing the honours 36-all at halftime.

"It's the one quarter that eludes us, we went pretty quiet in that second quarter, which was disappointing after we started so well. It was pretty quiet in the changing room after that quarter."

Brown said the team had talked at halftime about playing with confidence, letting the ball go and trusting each other , and the second half paid dividends.

They won the third quarter by 10 goals to take control of the game and allowed the Tactix, who have won just four games in the past four seasons, no chance to get back into the contest.

Brown said it was amazing having a front row seat to Fowler's shooting exhibition, and the Jamaican deserved plenty of credit for adjusting to the rigours of the trans-Tasman competition so quickly.

Steel have their first home game of the season this week, a round three fixture against the Adelaide Thunderbirds at Dunedin's Lion Foundation Arena on Saturday.

Ad Feedback

- The Southland Times

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who should play goal shoot for the Silver Ferns?

Bailey Mes

Catherine Latu

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content