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Match Preview: Fever v Giants

West Coast Fever will travel to Sydney for the final Round of the Suncorp Super Netball season to take on the second placed Giants in a clash that will determine the top two positions on the ladder.

Fever will hit the battle in sensational form after dismantling the Melbourne Vixens in Round 13, following a dominant all-round performance resulting in a 68-55 victory. The winner of this battle could secure an important double chance and two home finals.

Fever were on song from start to finish against the Vixens, bursting out of the blocks with an assertive 35-24 first half. However, a sluggish third term saw Fever bounce back into action, finishing the game off strongly to run out 13-goal winners.

Jhaniele Fowler had her usual authoritative presence in the goal circle, racking up another 60-plus goal game with 62 from 66 attempts. Her record-breaking season continues to gather momentum, with the Jamaican sensation sitting almost 200 goals clear of her nearest competitor on 720.

While Fowler was tremendous in attack, much of the drive came from the back end of the court, with Stacey Francis and Courtney Bruce combining for 11 deflections and speedy mid courter Ingrid Colyer popping up for two intercepts.

The Giants have been in reasonable touch of late away from home, racking up wins against the Vixens and Magpies in Rounds 12 and 13. However, the match against Fever will be their first on home soil since Round 10 after traveling for three straight weeks.

Fever and the Giants last met back in Round 6 and produced an absolute thriller. With the scores locked from three quarter time until late in the last, Fever found a way to break the Giants to take out a season defining two-goal win.

Previous Meetings
West Coast Fever 63 def Ginats Netball 61 Round 6 2018
Giants Netball 48 def West Coast Fever 45 Round 10 2017
Giants Netball 66 def West Coast Fever 51 Round 2 2017

Finals Scenarios

·       West Coast Fever will be crowned minor premiers if they win.

·       Could finish as high as first or as low as fourth.

·       Will still finish second if they lose but secure two or three bonus points.

·       If they lose but win one bonus point, the Lightning could grab their top-two spot if the Lightning win all eight points against the Vixens, as well as boost their percentage (the Fever currently hold a percentage advantage of less than 1% – equating to only a few goals).

·       If the Fever lose all four quarters against the Giants, the Lightning don’t win all four quarters against the Vixens and the Firebirds win all four quarters against the Magpies, the Fever will fall out of the top two.

 

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