Stacey Francis was a crucial part of the West Coast Fever's dominant defence, demolishing the Melbourne Vixens by 14 goals. Photo: West Coast Fever / Twitter

The Fever must win matches. It starts 12 points behind every other team - so how will the team from the West fare?

What to expect:

It is not secret that in 2020 there was a lot of attention on the Fever’s goal circle as Coach Stacey Marinkovich settled on an improving Alice Teague-Neeld in goal attack and, of course, Jhaniele Fowler in shooter.

However, heading into the season, there’s a new face in the line-up pushing for a return to a starting squad – enter Sasha Glasgow.

In 2019, Glasgow was a starting goaler for the Thunderbirds where she shot more than 300 goals at 85 per cent. Off the back of a knee injury in 2020, she still shot 78 per cent of her goals from the traditional range and 44 per cent of her Super Shots fell.

So if Marinkovich opts for Glasgow, it could set up a showdown between Teague-Neeld and Emma Cosh for the wing attack bib. While the players are there, Marinkovich still needs to find her best set up and fast.

Workhorse centre Verity Charles and wing defender-centre Jess Anstiss will anchor the midcourt – buoyed from the experiences of their first Diamonds camp.

They’ll both need to play a role in ensuring the Fever capitalise on turnovers more often as comebacks cruelled their 2020 campaign.

Captain Courtney Bruce and Stacey Francis are the preferred starting defenders, but goal defender Sunday Aryang is quickly pushing for a starting spot. And Olivia Lewis is not too far behind in keeper.

Key to the season: 

Put simply – the Fever MUST win matches.

The club starts behind the eight-ball after it was handed a 12-preimership point penalty (three wins) by the Suncorp Super Netball for salary cap breaches.

The Fever must find a way to hold the leads it builds, especially during the Super Shot period, to even be a chance at finals in 2021.

West Coast Fever
Squad: Jess Anstiss (WD/C/WA), Courtney Bruce (GK/GD), Verity Charles (WA, C), Sunday Aryang (GD), Jhaniele Fowler (GS), Stacey Francis (GD/WD), Olivia Lewis (GK), Emma Cosh (WA), Alice Teague-Neeld (GS/GA) and Sasha Glasgow (GS/GA).

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