West Coast Fever's newest captain Jess Anstiss (Photo: West Coast Fever)

Jess Anstiss becomes the West Coast Fever’s 13th club captain after seven seasons and over 100 games in green.

On Wednesday, the West Coast Fever SSN team’s head coach Dan Ryan unveiled a new captain to lead the ‘new-look’ team which is led largely by familiar faces.

A West Australian product, new captain Jess Anstiss will take the reins in her eighth season in the Suncorp Super Netball League after a few years behind outgoing captain Courtney Bruce.

Bruce has vacated the position after defecting to the Sunshine Coast Lightning this off-season.

Anstiss spoke about how much of an honour it was to be nominated and endorsed by the playing group and the staff.

“It is very exciting and a great honour to be named the Captain of this Club.

“It’s a Club that I have grown up dreaming to play for and to have the opportunity to play and now lead West Coast Fever is a huge privilege.

“I’m not one of those leaders who is a big loud talking leader. I am more one that leads by action and with this new group of athletes I want to be able to drive those standards by my actions and I hope that I inspire the team to come along the journey with me.”  

Ryan described Anstiss’ influence on the group in her long tenure at the club.

“Jess has been the heart and soul of our Club for a very long time,” he said.

“When she was a young kid she was dreaming about playing for Fever and attending Fever games. Now she is a premiership player and one of the most respected, trusted and admired figures of our great Club and the WA Netball community, so to have her as our new Club Captain is an outstanding achievement.

“It was an overwhelming response towards Jess from all the nominations and she has the backing of every single player, training partner, coach and staff member. It was a unanimous call which says a lot about her character and I’m so excited as to see what she can bring to the team as our leader.

“She’s the perfect fit to lead our new team in this new environment we are creating, which really champions equality and a team first approach. No one represents our team first mantra better than Jess, she’s just the ultimate team player and a great human being. I know she is going to do a brilliant job for us.”

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Anstiss will be supported in the role by legendary Jamaican goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Nembhard and re-invented wing attack Alice Teague-Neeld who will serve the club as vice-captains.

The group will be rounded out by rising Diamonds defender Sunday Aryang. She was identified through the nomination and voting process as an ‘Emerging Leader’, she will be supported with the intention of becoming the next potential Fever captain.

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