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Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich says West Coast Fever are feeling the benefits of home heading into Saturday night’s clash with Giants Netball at RAC Arena.
After two weeks on the road, Fever will step out in front of another big crowd, with the Club recording strong ticket sales for its third home game of the season.
The squad had a strong training run inside the Arena Friday afternoon.
“I don’t think anyone really comprehends how big going to Bendigo and then going to Brisbane is, with those big trips,” Marinkovich said.
“We’ve spoken about it going into this week is how do you refresh mentally, not just physically. We’ve done a few little things, just sharpened up our schedule so that it gives the girls time away. It really feels like we haven’t been here in such a long time.”
“The girls are thriving to be back in this environment. We know our support is huge. We can’t wait to have people cheering for us.”
Marinkovich was wary of the Giants goal circle of featuring international stars Caitlin Bassett and Jo Harten, but said they wouldn’t focus too much on Bassett.
“Each week we’ve recognised that they’re growing that combination and the way their connections are building is a big threat in there,” Marinkovich said.
“It’s really dangerous to focus on one particular player in teams these days because somebody else just naturally steps up. The Giants have talent across the court.”
Marikovich said they were well aware what was on the line.
“It’s unrealistic if we don’t put it on the line,” she said. “We know the points are really important if we want to keep our season alive. We know the run into the break is of high importance, every game, every quarter.
“It’s like playing mini finals. We know how important it is but we also understand that if we don’t focus on the process then the outcome will overwhelm the situation and we won’t perform.
“We want consistency over the four quarters. But I think we’ve really started to establish our connections in our attack and I think we’ve got some really good numbers and that cohesion is working really well.”
Jhaniele Fowler has recovered from a bout of illness and is ready to go.
“She had a bit of illness towards the end of last week and played through that,” Marinkovich said.
“That’s really exciting for the girls to see her up and about.”
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