West Coast Fever shooter Jhaniele Fowler has capped off an incredible year by being crowned the club’s 2020 Most Valuable Player for a second consecutive year.

The Jamaican shooter also claimed the Player’s Player Award for the third consecutive year at Saturday’s event at RAC Arena.

Fowler finished the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball season with 965 goals, the most in the league for the third year running.

Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich congratulated Fowler on another outstanding season.

“Jhaniele is a truly deserving winner of the MVP award. She has consistently performed at the highest level, under immense pressure and against world leading defenders. Her elite level of execution is a reflection of her dedication, hard work and leadership” Marinkovich said.

“Jhaniele is a true professional on and off the court. She has made significant sacrifices to play in the 2020 season and with that she certainly ensured that she made the most of that decision. 

“We are incredibly proud of what she has achieved at our club. Knowing the professional she is I am looking forward to seeing what she can do to evolve her game and take into the next season.”

Trinidad and Tobago international Sam Wallace has re-signed with the New South Wales Swifts club for the 2021 season of the Suncorp Super Netball League.

Wallace, a two-time club MVP and 2019 Grand Final best-on-court recipient, joined the Swifts in 2017 and won the Suncorp Super Netball League in 2019.

Head Coach Briony Akle said having the key partnership of Wallace and Helen Housby in for next season was vital for the club’s continued success.

“Since both players joined the Swifts in 2017 they have formed a formidable partnership in the attack end,” she said.

“Sam has been a rock for us in attack and she really showed what she can do in all areas of the attack circle with her long-range shooting this year.

“Her partnership with Helen is one of the best to watch in the game. While we didn’t get the finish to 2020 we were looking for, the connections we’ve formed over the past three seasons will only continue to strengthen.”

Wallace, 26, enjoyed another outstanding season during the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball League. She was the third-best shooter scoring 522 goals from 591 attempts and scored 46 Super Shots from 85 attempts, which ranked her fifth in both categories. She also ended up fifth in the rankings for offensive rebounds with 31 for the season.

 

Following another outstanding shooting performance against the Sunshine Coast Lightning on Sunday, Jamaica’s Jhaniele Fowler has once again topped the scoring charts in the Suncorp Super Netball League.

Fowler, 31, has scored more goals than any other player in the league by some way, having sunk 910 goals from a league leading 967 attempts so far this season. It is the third consecutive season that the towering Jamaican shooter was dominating in the number of goals scored. She also had 66 offensive rebounds, second to Romelda Aiken's 110.

Aiken, who plays for the Queensland Firebirds, was some distance behind with 583 goals as Caribbean athletes asserted their dominance in this category. Trinidad and Tobago’s Samantha Wallace of the dethroned champions New South Wales Swifts, was third in the standings with 522 goals.

Fowler was also heads and shoulders above the rest in net points, the definitive measurement of player performance.

Every time someone scores a goal, blocks a pass, gets a defensive rebound, they get points. The bigger the impact, the bigger the points. If players make mistakes or cause turnovers, they lose points. At the end of the game, each player receives an individual net points score, which represents their contribution to the match.

During the season, Fowler accumulated 1740 net points, more than 500 more than compatriot Shamera Sterling of the Adelaide Thunderbirds, who amassed 1174 net points. Kate Moloney of the finalists, Melbourne Vixens was 700 points back with 1040.

Sterling, who led defensive rebounds with 37 also had the third-best number of intercepts with 37, trailing Kate Pretorius of the Sun Coast Lightning, who had 43 and Courtney Bruce of the West Coast Fever with 42.

Sterling compatriot Jodi-Ann Ward was fifth with 29.

Sterling also had 104 deflections, second most in the league.

 

Jhaniele Fowler put on another shooting masterclass on Sunday as the West Coast Fever defeated the Sunshine Coast Lightning to book a spot in Sunday’s grand final.

President of the Trinidad and Tobago Netball Association Pat Butcher said the association is doing everything it can to get its two professional netballers home soon.

Daystar Swift and Khalifa McCollin have been stranded in Barbados for the past month after attempting to return home after their debut season in the Suncorp Super League in Australia.

They were awaiting their final travel documents from the TT Government to return home. Since the pandemic began, TT closed its borders to all commercial flights. Persons wishing to gain entry to the island first have to receive special exemption documentation that will allow them entry into the island.

Meantime, they have been staying with a fellow netballer in Barbados but they are reportedly running out of cash.

“It’s really tough because we have to purchase our own food, pay for transportation and funds are running low,” McCollin told Trinidadian newspaper Newsday.

Butcher told Sportsmax.TV that the association has reached out to government in the hope that the relevant authorities will expedite the documentation the players need to return home.

“TTNA has been working behind the scenes and has made representation to Government on their behalf. We are hoping and praying that they will be back on the next official flight from Barbados,” the president said.

The players have been frustrated as their attempts to get home have been met mainly with silence from the relevant authorities.

“We’re only getting automated responses saying our message was received. Nothing else after that, no updates, no acknowledgement of our letters, nothing,” they said.

Jhaniele Fowler was perfect from the field as the West Coast Fever rallied from nine points down to defeat the New South Wales Swifts Sunday to advance to the preliminary final of the Suncorp Super Netball League.

It was an epic clash at the USC Stadium between Caribbean shooters, Fowler, who scored 55 goals and Samantha Wallace, who sunk 34 from 35 attempts, as the Fever won 67-62 in what was described as one of the matches of the season.

NSW Swifts got off to a fast start winning the first quarter 17-15. They remained in in control of the match in the second quarter as super shots from Wallace and teammate Helen Housby (10 from 14) saw the Swifts outscore the Fever 19-14 to lead 36-29 at the interval.

The Fever made four changes at the half which seemed to spur the team to life. Through Fowler’s impeccable shooting they rallied to win the quarter 19-12 to tie the score at the end of the third.

Fowler continued her onslaught as the Fever snatched the lead and went on to win the intense counter by five.

Fever shot 94 per cent from the field in victory while the Swifts shooting fell to 88 per cent in the heartbreaking loss.

 

Samantha Wallace, Jhaniele Fowler and Romelda Aiken were all winners in Round 13 of the Suncorp Super Netball League on the weekend.

Shimona Nelson scored a team-high 40 goals on Wednesday but the Collingwood Magpies suffered its 12th loss of the Suncorp Super Netball season.

In the match played at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre, Nelson scored her goals from just 44 attempts but the cellar-dwellers were never in a position to claim what would have been only their second win of the season, losing 63-53 to second-placed Sunshine Coast Lightning.

Led by Cara Koenen’s 41 goals from 45 attempts, the Lightning won each quarter 16-12, 19-15, 14-13, 14-13 for their ninth win of the season.

Nelson teammate Gabrielle Sinclair shot seven of nine in the losing effort.

Romelda Aiken scored 45 goals from 51 attempts on Sunday but the Queensland Firebirds went down 75-67 to the Sunshine Coast Lightning on Sunday in the Suncorp Super Netball League.

Samantha Wallace, the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball Finals MVP, said she is doing well despite missing her family back home as she waits out the postponement of the league because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The virus has infected close to half a million people in 198 countries globally and killed more than 22,000. There are about 3000 cases in Australia, which prompted the Super Netball League Commission (SNLC) to call a halt for the season for at least the next couple of months.

“Given the rapidly-evolving landscape, the Commission has determined that the start of the season will be deferred and will not commence prior to 30 June,” a statement from the commission said on Monday.

Wallace, the shooter for the New South Wales Swifts, is among several players from Trinidad and Tobago who are in Australia and who are unlikely to be able to travel home since the country has closed its borders in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.

However, Wallace said she is doing okay.

“I'm coping extremely well, to be honest. I'm safe, my health is great,” she told Sportsmax.tv.

“It's hard not being with my family and loved ones in this time but everyone back home is healthy and safe.”

However, she concedes that the league on hiatus is proving to be a bit of a challenge.

“It’s weird waking up in the morning and not have training to attend,” she said.

“Looking at the safer side, our health and well-being are way more important than a netball league at the moment. We, the athletes, have to find a way to keep fit in our backyards or wherever as possible.”

She offered words of encouragement in what will be challenging times.

“I see this as an opportunity to spend great quality time with your kids, family. Although I know it's a tough time here because some people are jobless and don't know when they will have a job again, in all I'm just grateful for life.”

After winning back-to-back Suncorp Super Netball League Player of the Year titles, Jamaica’s Jhanielle Fowler says she plans to improve even more as she wants to be remembered as the greatest shooter ever by the time she retires from the sport.

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