Queensland Firebirds v West Coast Fever
Date: Saturday, 22 April, 2017
Time: 6.45pm (AWST)
Venue: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Broadcast: 9Gem, Telstra TV
Hashtags: #HeartSoulSweat #FIRvFEV
Last Time We Met: Round 3: Queensland Firebirds 60 def West Coast
Fever’s first test following the League-wide bye week is a road trip to
Brisbane to take on the Queensland Firebirds, a side currently in unfamiliar
Firebirds sit in fifth position on the ladder, not currently high enough to
qualify them for finals, a situation they haven’t faced for a number of years.
more pressure on the Queensland side, where another loss this weekend could further
extend the gap between themselves and the top four.
won two of their past four matches, with victories coming against the NSW
Swifts and Adelaide Thunderbirds, while the Firebirds are coming off
consecutive losses against the Sunshine Coast Lightning and GIANTS Netball.
is Fever’s second consecutive round on the road, before returning to Perth to
face the Giants next weekend.
Aiken continues to be the primary target in the goal circle for the Firebirds,
with the shooter contributing 274 goals from 344 attempts this season.
line-up looks different to when the sides met back in Round 3, with Shannon
Eagland and Kate Beveridge both not lining up for the West Coast side, replaced
by Jess Eales and Sophie Garbin.
gun Jess Anstiss continues to impress, lining up on some of the world’s best
Wing Attacks. Anstiss herself lined up at Wing Attack the last time these sides
met, but has since moved back to Wing Defence after the loss of Shannon Eagland
to injury. Anstiss had a strong game against Gabi Simpson in Round 3, and will
face the challenge of locking down the dangerous Caitlyn Nevins tomorrow night.