Given her illustrious career, it’s hard to imagine Jhaneile Fowler could make an even bigger name for herself.
But 2022 looms as the year where the four-time Super Netball MVP can take her legacy to the next level as she eyes two of the biggest titles in world netball.
Fowler returns to West Coast Fever with unfinished business as she looks to help the team in green finally breakthrough for a maiden Super Netball premiership.
Then she will quickly turn her attention to the Commonwealth Games and the Jamaican national team, who will be desperate to improve on the bronze medals they’ve won in the last two tournaments.
“It’s a good feeling knowing I am here with a group that I am so familiar with and a culture I can relate to,” Fowler said.
“It’s unfinished business. I really want to win a championship with West Coast Fever, so I am hoping for that this year.
“I am heading to the Comm Games with my country and hoping for the best.
“The ultimate goal… it would be good getting both medals under my belt this year.”
Because of border restrictions, Fowler did not arrive in Perth until early this year, a lot later in the pre-season than usual.
Still, the shooter believes she and the team are in great shape ahead of Sunday’s opening clash against Sunshine Coast Lightning at RAC Arena.
“Pre-season has been really good. I am where I need to be heading into the start of the season,’ she said.
“It’s never hard to integrate because this is my second home. I just come back and get into things.
“Everything about my game I want to improve on. Just making sure I am just a rounded goalshooter.”
Fever coach Dan Ryan said while Fowler would play an integral part in their game plan, they needed to utilise the “different strengths and weapons” of every player on the court.
“It’s been a team that’s been pretty centred around Jhaniele scoring goals and that mentality won’t shift too far, but how we utilise the players around her and how we bring out their skill set is something we’ve been trying to harness and evolve over the past 19 weeks,” Ryan said.
“Also with the new skillset, we have defensively to ensure that we’ve got more than a couple of players that can get their hands on ball and be able to win ball all over the court.
“Just subtle tweaks to the way we’ve played previously. It’s more around an evolution on how they’ve played as opposed to wholesale changes.
“The foundation is excellent, the base is excellent and this has just given us a chance to identify some key areas where we can add some extra value or evolve or enhance certain ways we play the game.”