Fowler-Reid named MVP

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SOUTHERN Steel shooting superstar Jhaniele Fowler-Reid has been rewarded for her record-breaking year by being named the ANZ Championship New Zealand conference MVP for the second time.
Fowler-Reid has scored a championship high of 681 goals this season — the third time in four years she has passed 600 goals in a season.
The Jamaican, who brought up her 50th match for the southern franchise earlier this year, now has 2485 career goals at 91%, and is ninth on the alltime list.
‘‘I feel like I have grown a lot this year and I’ve been happy with how I’ve been going,’’ she said.
Earlier this month the franchise honoured two players at a gala dinner at the Ascot Park Hotel.
Tenacious Southern Steel defender Jane Watson was named E Hayes & Sons’ player of the year, while captain Wendy Frew was the inaugural recipient of the team’s community engagement award.
Watson had proved a formidable force in the defensive ranks this season, with the public voting strongly for her to take home the coveted player of the year title, chief executive Lana Winders said.
In December, a strategic plan was developed to enable players to connect more closely with the southern community they represent, from the Waitaki River to Bluff, Winders said. Since then, the players had spent more than 400 hours in the community.
‘‘[They] have done it all — running coaching sessions, visiting schools, baking cupcakes with children at Ronald McDonald House South Island and even shaving heads to raise money for charity.’’
Frew took home a specially commissioned trophy constructed from steel and recycled native timber by New Zealand artist Mark Dimock.

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