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West Coast Fever star Jhaniele Fowler breaks her own Super Netball shooting record as they defeat NSW Swifts

A record Super Netball shooting performance from star Jhaniele Fowler has seen West Coast Fever jump to second on the ladder after defeating reigning premiers NSW Swifts 80-71.

Fowler scored 70 goals at a remarkable 96 per cent at Brisbane’s Nissan Arena, breaking her previous record of 66 for the most goals in a match to keep Fever’s six-game unbeaten run going.

The victory sees Fever into second spot for at least 24 hours, with Sunshine Coast Lightning needing to defeat Queensland Firebirds tomorrow to jump them on the ladder.

Fowler was not even aware she had broken her own record after the final whistle.

“The girls did feed a lot of balls in so I had to score them,” Fowler said post-game.

“We take it a quarter at a time and just push on from there.”

Fever were simply dominant in the first term, as they sent the ball long and often into shooter Fowler who was enjoying a 14cm heigh advantage over keeper Lauren Moore to score 20 goals by quarter-time.

Midway through the first quarter Fever led by as much as 10 goals, but the introduction of Swifts shooter Sam Wallace (45 goals, 10 super goals) on the court changed the game, as she went about scoring three super goals to see Swifts trail 23-15 at the first break.

Jhaniele Fowler (left) of the Fever shoots for goal during the Round 12 Super Netball match between the West Coast Fever and NSW Swifts at Nissan Arena in Brisbane, Saturday, September 12, 2020. (AAP Image/Darren England) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Camera IconJhaniele Fowler (left) of the Fever shoots for goal during the Round 12 Super Netball match between the West Coast Fever and NSW Swifts at Nissan Arena in Brisbane, Saturday, September 12, 2020. (AAP Image/Darren England) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY Credit: AAPIMAGE

Swifts switched their line-up around to try to counteract the proficiency of Fever, with Wallace and Sophie Garbin (23 goals) teaming up in the goal circle, while Sarah Klau was moved onto Fowler.

The reigning premiers cleaned up their game around the court and stuck with Fever during the second term, but this only motivated the WA team who began the second half with a flurry.

During the third term, Fowler scored seven-consecutive goals in three minutes which opened up what seemed to be an insurmountable 17-goal lead for Fever.

But once again super goals from Wallace and Garbin kept the Swifts in touch at the final break.

Just when it looked as if Fever were going to take the game away from NSW, the Swifts lifted and scored eight of the first 10 goals on the last term to reduce the margin to just four.

Not even a timeout could halt Swifts’ momentum, as their midcourt began to control the ball and feed their shooters with some well-constructed feeds.

Fever goal attack Alice Teague-Neeld (10 goals) stood up late though with three super shots of her own to ensure Fever got the biggest win of the season to date.

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