West Coast Fever and Australian Fast5 Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich says it was “bittersweet” coaching against new recruit and Jamaican Captain Jhaniele Fowler-Reid at the recent Fast5 World Series.
The sharp-shooter was one of the most consistent performers at the World Series, putting up 123 shots in the six games across two days.
The Australian side faced the Jamaican Sunshine Girls in their second match, falling short by three goals, with Fowler-Reid converting 76% of her attempts against Sam Poolman and Sarah Klau.
“We wanted to beat Jamaica in that game, but to see her execute her skills and how prominent she is as a shooter, in the back of your mind you go, ‘well that’s not bad to have at Fever’,” Marinkovich said.
Marinkovich said the pair managed to find time to meet away from the court.
“She epitomises everything that we want at Fever, she wants to be a part of a team with a good culture and she is very centred and focused on the way that she performs,” she said.
“Even though the Fast5 environment is an exciting one, and one that brings a lot of entertainment value, she was ready to take it on and make sure that she delivered on performance.”
“You can see she has this great personality for the sport and a determination to be the best shooter.”
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