Stacey Marinkovich has left a long lasting legacy on WA Netball. (Photo: West Coast Fever)

After playing and coaching with the West Coast Fever for over 200 games, Stacey Marinkovich's legacy has been honoured in the name of the club's most prestigious medal.

The West Coast Fever’s most valuable player award has now been named after former West Coast Fever and current Diamonds coach Stacey Marinkovich.

Marinkovich has left a long lasting legacy on Western Australian netball, playing over 100 games for the Perth Orioles and West Coast Fever.

She first joined the Orioles after making the move from Queensland in 2002. Marinkovich went on to be the Fever’s inaugural captain in 2008, and celebrated her 100th game milestone that same year.

Marinkovich retired after the 2008 season before returning to the club to coach 104 games across 2015-2021. She led the team to two grand final appearances in 2018 and 2020 in what was the club’s most successful period.

After 20 years at the club, Marinkovich departed early this month to take on the role as the full time coach of the Australian Diamonds.

Her ability to influence and inspire both on and off the court with her genuine and down to earth approach is what made her a loved member of the West Coast Fever community.

Marinkovich’s name will be engraved onto the medal for the West Coast Fever’s most valuable player, which is voted by the coaches.

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Marinkovich coaching the Fever in 2020. (Photo: Suncorp Super Netball)

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West Coast Fever CEO Simone Hansen congratulated Marinkovich on the honour leading up to tomorrow night’s presentation dinner – ‘The Net Ball’ – at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“Stacey is highly deserving of this recognition for her outstanding contribution to West Coast Fever as a player, captain and coach,” Hansen said.

“There is no doubt that she has positively impacted everyone that she has worked alongside throughout her career to-date and that the Diamonds program will greatly benefit from her involvement.”

Marinkovich said she felt extremely honoured and privileged to have the Medal struck in her honour.

“To have this award named as a reflection of the contribution I’ve made to the club is extremely humbling and will be forever in my heart,” she said.

“This club means so much to me and this is a huge honour and an absolute privilege to be recognised in that sort of standing. It means so much, because I feel like the club has been home for such a long period of time.

“I would like to thank everyone at West Coast Fever and Netball WA for this honour. I’m really excited for what the future holds for the club and netball in WA. It’s in such a great place.”

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