West Coast Fever will host their first ever Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final after defeating GIANTS Netball 63-57 at Quaycentre during Saturday’s Major Semi Final.
Fever’s historic Grand Final will be played on Sunday August 26 at Perth Arena, with the team earning a week’s break, where they will find out who they will host next week.
In a game that never slowed down from the first centre pass with the momentum swinging back and forth, predicting a winner was impossible, until Fever flew out of the blocks in the final term.
Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich said she was proud to lead the team to their first ever home Grand Final.
“It's so exciting, the girls have worked so hard for so long, 39 weeks of preparation 14 lessons learnt to be able to punch out a game," she said.
“To have that defensive pressure across the whole court was what drove our attackers, just the spirit to keep fighting."
A first quarter blitz from Jhaniele Fowler was halted, forced off by an knee injury with Kaylia Stanton injected into the game.
The substitution saw a lift in the Giants demeanour, however an equal jump in intensity from Fever’s defence, and Nat Medhurst, prevented their early lead to be chipped into, finishing the quarter with an eight-goal buffer.
Fowler missed a majority of the second quarter, but the inclusion of Stanton gave Fever some alternative circle options and the young gun didn’t miss a beat finishing the half with six goals from seven attempts.
Fever’s defence somehow moved up another gear in the third quarter, Courtney Bruce and Stacey Francis making the home side earn every opportunity at goal as the Giants pressed hard.
Fowler’s injury scare earlier in the game was extinguished in the third quarter, as the Jamaican sensation hit 15 goals from 15 attempts.
A one goal ball game at the start of the final quarter didn’t last long, as Fever pulled away early on to finish six goal winners and become the 2018 Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final hosts.
Jhaniele Fowler - 48/48 100%
Nat Medhust - 9/9 100%
Kaylia Stanton - 6/7 85%
GRAND FINAL TICKET INFORMATION
Pre-sale for West Coast Fever Members
Monday 20th August 7am - 3pm AWST
Members have been sent an email with additional information!
Pre-sale for My Netball Members
Tuesday 21st August 7am - 10am AWST
Tickets open to General Public
Tuesday 21st August 10am AWST - sold out