Southern Steel shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid relishes return to netball court
Southern Steel netball shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid showed what an asset she is to the top-of-the-table franchise against the Central Pulse on Monday night.
The Jamaican international shot 51/53, to help her team finish the regular season unbeaten, with a 64-51 win against the Pulse.
The 2017 ANZ Premiership's leading goal scorer produced an impressive display in her return from a one-match break, after six members of the Steel were involved in a van accident in Christchurch.
Fowler-Reid was pleased to get back out on court in front of a boisterous home crowd at ILT Stadium Southland.
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"It was really good to be out there and just to get a bit of the intensity going," she said.
"It was really good being in front of a home crowd because you know Invercargill has the meanest crowd, when they roar, anybody is afraid of that and it just boosts me to go hard."
Fowler-Reid didn't miss a shot until late in the third quarter against the Pulse, while she also had the distinction of posting the 1000th goal this season for the southern netball franchise, as the Steel added their first two goals of the match, taking their season's tally past the milestone.
"I am pleased, I missed one too many shots though, I am pleased with how well I shot and how well my feeders fed me," she said.
With the Steel ahead by a comfortable margin in the second half, both teams took the opportunity to utilise tactical substitutions and rest their key players ahead of the finals.
According to Fowler-Reid, the introduction of development players like Olivia Bates and Dani Gray didn't disrupt the flow of their game.
"Mentally I knew we were going to have changes because of what we have to face, so mentally I was ready and I was ready for the changes," she said.
The Steel have nine days off as a reward for finishing the regular season as the top qualifier, before next Wednesday's final.
"It feels really good, but at the end of the day but I feel that what we are really here for is to make the finals and that is when it really counts, but otherwise it is really good work to remain unbeaten," she said.