2022 Premiership players and West Coast Fever stars Jess Anstiss and Alice Teague-Neeld have both re-signed for three years.
Starting her career with a bang by winning the club’s Best and Fairest award (The Stacey Marinkovich Medal) in her debut season (2017), Jess Anstiss will continue her tenure into her 10th season with this deal.
She has played over 100 games and has become a key figure in the Fever’s mid-court at centre and wing defence.
Anstiss explained how excited she was to be heading into her eighth season with the West Coast.
“It feels a little surreal,” Anstiss said.
“There is nothing better than playing at home in front of friends, family and the Green Army.
“I can’t wait to get started, meet some of our new teammates and see the Green Army at RAC Arena soon.”Embed from Getty Images
Her head coach Dan Ryan called her ‘an absolute rock of the team’.
“Jess is so well respected by everyone at the Club and her ability to be a consistently brilliant performer season after season is so impressive,” Ryan said.
“Every team needs the character and skill set that Jess brings. She is genuinely one of the best team players I’ve ever worked with. Her work rate and competitiveness make her one of the best players in the league.
“Jess had a great season in 2023 and continues to grow as a leader and I’m looking forward to seeing her take a giant leap forward next season.”
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Anstiss will be joined by Alice Teague-Neeld, who will be embarking on her fifth season in green since crossing over from Collingwood in 2019.
In 2023, she had her best year, building on the form she found in 2022, since moving to wing attack. This year she led the league in goal assists and centre pass receives which led to her being invited to the Australian Diamonds Training Camp.
Teague-Neeld is looking forward to a bit of change in the Fever’s line-up this year.
“We’ve had a similar looking team since I came to Fever and now we are going to have a bit of a change up this year, which will be really good for us and exciting for the Green Army,” Teague-Neeld said.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to challenge myself at Wing Attack. It’s a position I have really enjoyed over the past two seasons and I am looking forward to building the combinations with some of our new recruits, in particular with our Goal Attacks.”
Ryan reflected on the growth of Teague-Neeld the past two seasons, saying it has been a ‘real highlight’ of his.
“Watching Alice Teague-Neeld develop into one of the best Wing Attacks in the league over the past two seasons has been a real highlight, and I’m so keen to see how much more she can grow over the next three seasons,” he said.
“She has a brilliant netball mind and has become such an important member our team, on and off the court. She really believes in herself and as a result, she’s coming into her own as a leader and owning her value within our environment.
“It’s so great to see Alice enjoying her netball again and I just love having her as part of West Coast Fever.”