In the first edition, we speak to West Coast Fever Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich to find out her Top 10 moments from the inaugural season of Suncorp Super Netball.
Courtney Bruce being named in the Samsung Diamonds Squad
Courtney has been on a journey. She has evolved not only as a player, but also as a person. Her holistic approach, dedication and persistence has enabled her to be rewarded with the opportunity to represent her country at the highest level.
Jess Anstiss winning the Most Valuable Player Award
What a debut season! Jess came into this program ready to challenge and compete. She is all about team and took every training and bit of feedback in her stride. She is self driven and trains as hard as she competes. To have such consistency for a rookie player in their first year reflects on her ability to adapt and focus in high pressure and intense situations game after game, week after week.
Our dedicated Indigenous Round in Round 14
Netball provides us with a vehicle to make what we do bigger than just the game. To be able to host our fourth annual dedicated Indigenous Round, one of just two Suncorp Super Netball clubs to do so, makes us incredibly proud. The night provided a fantastic avenue to highlight the significant relationship we share with the Indigenous communities of Western Australia.
Shannon Eagland running for the first time
Suffering such a significant injury early on was obviously devastating for Shannon, but it also had a profound impact on the Club. To see her back running after working so hard in her rehabilitation, for me was credit to her qualities and drive as a person, and also the teamwork that we have at the Club. The combined work ethic of our physiotherapists, doctor, strength and conditioning staff and Shannon herself, shows that much can be achieved. Shannon is certainly on the road to coming back bigger and better then prior to her injury.
The signing of Jhaniele Fowler-Reid
I know we are in a better place as a Club than we were 12 months ago, and I am certainly confident that we will grow again across 2018. Jhaniele will not only add to our dynamics and variation on the court, but she will bring the personality and attributes to contribute and drive our club culture and standards off the court.
10. Jess Anstiss named in the 21U World Youth Cup Squad
Everyone dreams of playing for their country and no one deserves this more then Jess. She is a fierce competitor and she plays the way she trains leaving no stone unturned or tried.
9. Kate Beveridge’s 150th National League match
Kate has been a great contributor to not only our Club, but to netball at the elite level. To reach such a milestone is a great reflection of her tenacity and commitment to being the best she can be, and her drive to continuously evolve her game is to be admired.
8. Nat Medhurst’s 200th Game
This is a significant milestone that not many achieve. Nat’s drive, ambition and competitiveness has been on display since her journey began. She not only has desire and passion to be the best player and person she can be, but also to challenge and drive her teammates and the sport to an ever evolving level.
7. Annika Lee-Jones, Jess Eales and Jess Anstiss making their debut
You cannot enhance growth though without experience and it’s in this area that we have arguably made the most tangible gains in 2017. The opportunity to provide a substantial increase in court time for a number of our athletes has been invaluable this year, particularly when you consider it’s benefit to our long term plan.
6. Perth Arena becoming our home court
To be playing at the most elite indoor stadium in WA is a great recognition of the level of professionalism not only for our sport, but for our Club as well. To be able to showcase and engage our WA community in such an environment is a credit to everyone from players, staff, community and corporate partners, who were involved in driving the status and elitism of our great game.
5. Playing under the open roof
West Coast Fever epitomised what the Suncorp Super Netball competition represents. Opportunity, leaders in innovation and drivers of being elite. Playing under the open roof at Perth Arena was another first for the game, and an opportunity that was unique to us. We were very proud to create a slice of history that night.
4. Our Round 10 match against GIANTS Netball
While the success has not been immediate this year from a results perspective, there is no denying that we have trended upwards, ticking off key measures and milestones to ensure we are in the best possible position moving forward, both on and off the court. Our Round 10 match against the Giants was a great reflection of how our team evolved, and we were incredibly proud to push the eventual Grand Finallists all the way.
3. 10-Year Member celebration
Clubs only survive as a result of their supporter base. To be able to acknowledge our 10-Year Members for their long-term commitment and understanding of the journey we are embarking on is truly appreciated and valued.
2. Round 5 win v NSW Swifts & Round 7 win v Adelaide Thunderbirds
This year has been tough in terms of wins and losses, but I can honestly say I have never been more confident in the direction that this Club is going, and more importantly the playing group we have here representing our Club. This team has fight, and our players have desire, but the most important thing is that they are prepared to do the work, to look honestly at where we are and be prepared to do everything it takes together to get the results we so desperately desire. These two wins were a strong reflection of these traits that we are creating at our Club.
1. The day we became a Club
The day in which our team came together as a group to begin our preparations for the Suncorp Super Netball Season was the day in which West Coast Fever truly became a club. Recruiting the right people, for the right reasons and who were prepared to play their role for the team was the trigger that will ensure the long term success of our club. We are committed, we are all in.