West Coast Fever have displayed promising signs in their opening game of the Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup, despite falling to Magpies Netball 40-28.
Fever were without star shooter Jhaniele Fowler, who is recovering from illness, however she’s since travelled to Brisbane and could take part in Fever’s remaining three games.
The Magpies were hot out of the blocks, opening up an early lead and from there, they didn’t look back.
Fever were gallant in their efforts across the match, and at points, lined up on a near full-strength Magpies outfit.
Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich experimented with her lineup across the match, with all 10 athletes taking the court.
Courtney Bruce and Stacey Francis continued to dominate the defensive circle, with young gun Olivia Lewis also stepping on court for the first time in the green dress.
Lewis was impressive in her first match at the elite level, recording three interceptions on consecutive plays, to assert her authority on the game.
Bruce spent time at Goal Defence alongside Lewis, with the combination impressing.
In the shooting circle, Kaylia Stanton again showed her class, combining well with Alice Teague-Neeld, who did a wealth of work around the goal circle.
Training Partner Emma Cosh was injected into the game for the final stanza and was impressive in her 10 minutes on the court.
Fever’s midcourt again continued to grow, with Jess Anstiss shining at the Wing Defence and Centre positions, while Ingrid Colyer played all four quarters at Wing Attack.
Verity Charles played three quarters in Centre, while Shannon Eagland spent time in Wing Defence.
Marinkovich said it was a good first hitout.
“This afternoon was our first competitive game of 2019, so it was great to be able to get on court and get rid of the cob webs,” Marinkovich said.
“To be able to play a variety of a combinations against elite competition is what you want from a competition like this.”
“This weekend is about getting a good understanding of what works, getting some quarters in the legs and see what we need to target in our next training phase.”
“We have two more really good challenges in the Swifts and Giants tomorrow, so we’re looking forward to challenging ourselves once again.”
Fever face Giants Netball and NSW Swifts tomorrow, with Members and fans encouraged to tune in on the Netball Live app and follow the Club on Twitter for live updates.
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