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Match Preview: Queensland Firebirds

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 47

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 territory.

The 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. 

This heaps more pressure on the Queensland side, where another loss this weekend could further extend the gap between themselves and the top four. 

Fever have 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. 

The match is Fever’s second consecutive round on the road, before returning to Perth to face the Giants next weekend.

Romelda 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. 

Fever’s 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.

WA young 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.

 

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