21/02/2024

Courtney Bruce going for the intercept Photo- @WestCoastFever

Despite a fast start from the Sunshine Coast Lightning, the West Coast Fever chased down the home side in a physical contest on Saturday.

West Coast Fever is back on a level playing field with the rest of the Suncorp Super Netball ladder after a 69-54 victory over Sunshine Coast Lightning all but erased the club’s 12 competition point deduction for salary cap breaches.

The sides clashed at USC Stadium on Saturday night and the home side pushed the Fever to the end after opening up a strong lead following a dominant first quarter.

But a determined Fever ensured it wouldn’t be a happy night out on the Sunshine Coast for the home fans.

West Coast Fever Coach Stacey Marinkovich was pleased with her troops fighting back from a slow start.

“We were in it and we were close but we just couldn’t get the ball but we made a few adjustments and had a chat,” she said.

“Then we were able to start building some pressure and accumulating that and our attack stepped up to another level.”

Special thanks to the press conference audio from our friends at The Goal Circle podcast.

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The Fever is alongside NSW Swifts, Firebirds and Giants as genuine threats in 2021, however, Marinkovich is taking things week by week.

“We’re just taking it week by week. I know that sounds really cliche but for us to be able to stay mentally switched on and making sure we keep evolving our game… it really is just week by week. 

“If we just keep chipping away at our performance everything else takes care of itself and that’s what we’re backing in. It’s a really unified commitment to that at the moment.”

For Lighting Coach Kylee Byrne the loss was a tough pill to swallow.

“Very tough loss, we were backing ourselves in on that one. To start a game like that and score 21 goals against Fever was absolutely perfect,” she said.

“When they came out and started to be more physical, close to the body and that real close tagging, we need to be better at adapting.”

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