With Suncorp Super Netball suspended, Jamaica's Fowler would rather be home

By March 25, 2020

When Australia closed its borders to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, Jhaniele Fowler was among the thousands who were unable to leave the Land Down Under.

Fowler plays for the West Coast Fever in the Suncorp Super Netball but on Monday, the league was shut down.  The league deferred the season as part of “wider efforts to protect the health and wellbeing of fans, athletes, staff and the broader community.”

“The decision was made by the Super Netball League Commission (SNLC) taking into account the latest COVID-19 medical and government advice. Given the rapidly-evolving landscape, the Commission has determined that the start of the season will be deferred and will not commence prior to 30 June,” a statement from the commission said.

The Fever are based in Perth in Western Australia that has 175 cases one death.

The situation has left Fowler is an awkward spot and thousands of miles away from her daughter Drehannah.

“It’s a very difficult situation that we have been placed in,” she told Sportsmax.TV on Wednesday. “Personally, I am sitting in the unknown. The league has been postponed until the end of June. We were told that might be reviewed.

“It is also hard being away from home because I have not been able to get out of Australia at the moment. I want to come home but I just have to sit it out and wait.”

She supports the position of the commission to suspend the league in which she has been a star player since she signed with the Southern Steel in 2013. However, she is saddened that it has been.

“Leading up to this we were training very hard so it is a bit disappointing with the situation that has occurred. It was a good call to postpone the league. I want everybody to be safe,” she said.

“It is what it is, I just have to sit tight. Hopefully, the borders can open up and I can come home.”

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