05/03/2024

Olivia Wilkinson and Jordan Cransberg sign three year deals with the Fever (Image: Collingwood and West Coast Fever)

The West Coast Fever have signed phenomenal young Victorian products Jordan Cransberg and Olivia Wilkinson for the upcoming season.

Jordan Cransberg and Olivia Wilkinson were standouts in the last Australian Netball Championships (ANC), and both will want to make a strong impact next year.

Cransberg made her Super Netball debut with the Fever in Round Nine and looked as comfortable as ever. She stepped out on court again in Round 11 and showcased her versatility. The West Coast Fever reserves MVP is capable of playing all midcourt positions.

Cransberg was a training partner with the Melbourne Vixens for three years, then joined sister Zoe in the West. Jordan represented Victoria in Under 19s as a bottom-age player, but she ruptured her ACL, putting a halt to her progress up the pathway.

Cransberg bounced back quickly and dominated as a training partner at the Fever, fitting in the green dress seamlessly.

Head Coach Dan Ryan said Cransberg had proved her worth as a stalwart on the Fever side as a training partner for the past two seasons. He believes she has what it takes to be a strong figure in the league.

“Jordan has been such an asset to our team as a training partner and it’s so great to be able to elevate from within our environment.

“She has really put in the hard yards over the past 12 months and has made the most of every opportunity she’s been given. 

“Her ability to play all three mid-court positions makes her such a weapon for us and we now have so many combinations to use to our advantage and really challenge the opposition.”

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Olivia Wilkinson has also signed with the club. The former Collingwood training partner was a part of the ANC side that took home the trophy, winning MVP in the gold medal match in the process. Wilkinson has been a strong figure in the Peninsula Waves environment in VNL.

She represented Victoria at an Under 19 level over the last two years, winning bronze in 2022. Wilkinson is an Australia Under-19s squad member and was a temporary replacement player for Collingwood in Round 6 of the 2022 season.

Wilkinson is grateful to earn her first Super Netball contract, moving to Perth to join the Fever for the next three seasons.

“I’m so overjoyed with happiness, I am super excited to finally get started with all my teammates and I cannot wait to get out on court at RAC Arena in front of the Green Army,” Wilkinson said.

“I am going to bring a bit of my own spark and to soak everything up to develop my game for SSN level. I am looking to learn from all the experienced players and build some really strong combinations.”

Ryan said Wilkinson’s maturity was a standout for him, still being so early in her Australian netball career.

“I think this kid has the talent and mindset to be a world beater one day. At just 19 years of age, her poise and maturity are so impressive,” Ryan said. 

“She’s 190cm, incredibly athletic, dynamic and can fearlessly shoot the ball from anywhere. She can comfortably play both shooting positions which will add so much value to our shooting circle.”

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