Surpassing 5,000 Suncorp Super Netball goals over the weekend, Jhaniele Fowler is looking towards finals following her monumental milestone.
The netball superstar cemented her status as the competition’s greatest goal shooter after surpassing 5,000 SSN goals. All it took was a pass from Verity Simmons during the third term for the 33-year-old to hit the major milestone in front of a record home attendance for the Fever.
Off the back of her history-making game, Fowler fronted the media on Thursday and was full of gratitude for the 10,764 crowd at RAC Arena.
“As always it was amazing playing in front of the crowd. The Green Army are just so special and they’ve always made us feel like we have an eighth player on the court,” Fowler said.
“Kudos to everyone who came out and supported us, we love them all.”
In her 2023 campaign, Fowler has shot 648 goals at 96 per cent accuracy. Overall, she has shot 5,018 goals, making her the highest SSN goalscorer of all time.
When asked about how she was feeling about passing the milestone, she was full of appreciation for the Green Army.
“It was a really good feeling and it was even more special when the crowd went wild. They made me feel so special, and the achievement in itself was just awesome,” she said.
Following the Fever’s four-point win against the Lightning, they’ve still got two matches to round out their regular season. They face GIANTS Netball this week, before meeting Collingwood for their final game of the season.
Fowler is confident about her team’s chances against the Giants at home.
“In our defensive end, I think we’re placed really well because we know how to defend the super shot and we know that they have two even three super shot threats. They’re going to be pulling them out this weekend,” she said.
“But [we’re] just making sure that we are putting scoreboard pressure, having them to be forced to make those shots as well and know that our defenders are gonna come up against a lot of balls.”
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Sitting third on the ladder, the West Coast Fever looks certain to lock in a spot in the upcoming finals series.
“The key message is just definitely to go out there and make sure we stick to our gameplan,” she said.
“If we [do] need to adjust, making sure that we’re able to adjust on court without having to be pulled in a timeout to make adjustments. Because we have all the tools that we need to go out on court and win.”
Fowler said that the main key to being able to have a successful finals campaign was to close out the last two games in the regular season.
“Just take it one game at a time, making sure that we finish off the regular round with two wins and knowing that when we head into finals, that we’re going to give ourselves the best possible chance to get to the finals.”
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