Jhaniele Fowler (in yellow) in action for Jamaica against
Singapore last year. Photo Getty
The Southern Steel have added considerable height to
their shooting circle for next year's trans-Tasman netball
league after signing Jamaican international Jhaniele Fowler.
The 23-year-old goal shoot is the tallest player in the
league at 1.98m and has previously been linked with the
Instead she will provide a towering presence for the Steel,
who have lost veteran shooter Donna Wilkins to the Central
"The Steel presented itself and I know the Steel is a good
team so I am excited to represent them," said Fowler, who
stands 2cm taller than compatriot and Queensland Firebirds
star shooter Romelda Aiken.
"Our club league is not that strong in Jamaica so to play in
the ANZ Championship is an opportunity that will not only
benefit me but also netball in my country through the
knowledge I can share."
Fowler will move to Invercargill in January ahead of their
pre-season training and said she had no qualms about shifting
from Kingston to the considerably colder climate of New
Zealand's deep south.
"I have looked Invercargill up on the internet and I know
it's very beautiful. It's going to be hard adjusting to
living somewhere new for the first couple of months but I am
excited for the opportunity."
Fowler spent last week in Auckland competing at the Fast5
netball world series, where Jamaica were eliminated in the
semi-finals on Sunday by eventual champions New Zealand.