Shooters right on target in trans-Tasman comp

Last updated 05:00 30/06/2013
Jhaniele Fowler
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SHOOTING STAR: Super shooter Jhaniele Fowler is the only signing so far for the Steel's 2014 squad.

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Central Pulse determined to end winless run in Australia against Melbourne Vixens Conference system gives New Zealand franchises an undeserved shot at glory Injured captain Casey Kopua gutted to miss first match for Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic Southern Steel hoping to defy slow-start reputation against the NSW Swifts Anna Thompson desperate to see Tactix gain respect in the trans-Tasman league Waikato-BOP Magic ready to tackle Trip to Adelaide Trans-Tasman netball takes on new look for some good old-fashioned action Te Paea Selby-Rickit needs nerves of Steel for switch to goal attack Pressure on Central Pulse from the get-go in trans-Tasman competition Tactix shooting import Mwai Kumwenda won't suffer from second season wobbles

The shooters can officially claim superiority over the defenders in this year's trans-Tasman netball league.

The sixth year of the competition has produced a record number of goals.

So far, 7236 have been slotted in the 65 regular season matches, 99 clear of the previous season record set in 2009, which also included the three playoff games.

Round 14 (563), round 10 (569) and round 13 (575) of this season have been the three highest scoring rounds in the history of the competition.

Individually, the Southern Steel's Jamaican import, Jhaniele Fowler, slotted a whopping 666 goals at an average of 51.2 a game, breaking the previous best mark of 574 by fellow countrywoman Carla Borrego, of the Adelaide Thunderbirds, in 2010.

Another Jamaican, Romelda Aiken, of the Queensland Firebirds, has 551 and needs just seven in tonight's minor semifinal against the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic to become the first player to reach 3000 in the competition.

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