01/03/2024

West Coast Fever shooter Jhaniele Fowler (Photo: Elly McNerney/2022)

A stalwart at the West Coast Fever, star shooter Jhaniele Fowler will be joined by Sunshine Girls teammates Shanice Beckford and Kadie-Ann Dehaney in the 2024 season.

To close out their roster signings, the West Coast Fever have re-signed Fowler while adding Beckford and Dehaney to their list of 10.

Signing for two seasons, Fowler hopes to continue an illustrious career at the Fever that includes five Stacey Marinkovich medals and a premiership in 2022.

“2024 is going to be another amazing season with the Green Army behind us, we’re going to do amazing things,” Fowler said.

“The addition of Shanice Beckford and Kadie-Ann Dehaney is going to be massive for Fever and I can’t wait for the Green Army to see them in action. I have such a great connection with both Shanice and Kadie-Ann, to have three Sunshine Girls at Fever is honestly a dream come true.

“Round One cannot come quick enough. I’m super excited to be back on board for 2024 and can’t wait to play in front of the Green Army at RAC Arena again.” 

Dan Ryan, the head coach of the Fever spoke about how Fowler is ‘a hugely respected leader’ at the club.

“Jhaniele has so much more netball ahead of her and I know she will be even more dominant. She’s so hungry to keep improving her game and achieve more team success.

“She’s a champion and a hugely respected leader so I know she’s going to play a key role in helping build our familiar but fresh-looking team.”

At 28-years-old, new recruit Shanice Beckford brings more experience on the world stage to the Fever. She joins them on a one-year deal.

“It’s always been my dream to play netball in the best league in the world so to become part of such a wonderful netball family at West Coast Fever and to play in front of the Green Army will be truly an honour for me,” Beckford said.

“I know there is so much that I can learn in this new environment, while at the same time, I know that I have a lot to bring to the table including a ‘never say die’ winning attitude and a good work ethic.”

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Ryan is exceptionally happy with his new goal attack in Beckford, particularly in tandem with Fowler herself.

“Shanice has speed to burn, she’s crafty, accurate and the ultimate workhorse. Her combination with Jhaniele will be one to watch and I think she’s going to add real x-factor to our attack,” Ryan said.

“She’s been such a consistent performer for the Sunshine Girls for the past decade and is one of the unsung heroes of world netball. I really believe her best is yet to come.”

Having spent a few seasons at the Sunshine Coast Lightning, Dehaney comes to the Fever to pair with Sunday Aryang and Fran Williams in a very experienced defence.

She has signed a two-year deal with the Fever.

“I’m super excited and grateful for this opportunity to head over to the West and play for West Coast Fever,” Dehaney said.

“I’m also looking forward to playing with my Jamaican teammates Jhaniele and Shanice on the SSN stage in front of the Green Army at RAC Arena.”

Ryan is happy with the acquisition of Dehaney stating that she ‘has so much untapped potential’.

“Kadie-Ann has so much untapped potential and is absolutely ready to stamp her authority on this league. I truly believe this is her time to do it,” Ryan said.

“She’s got great height, range and her ability to confuse the space and cause some chaos is really impressive. She will fit our style of play and structures really nicely and with a few familiar faces in the team, I can really see her thriving in the Fever environment.”

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