Fever claim breakthrough Super Netball win

Mar 17, 2017 - 12:48 PM West Coast Fever have broken through for a first Super Netball victory beating NSW Swifts 50-45 at HBF Stadium on Friday night.

Fever lost their opening four matches but put in a spirited performance in front of their home fans to lead almost from start to finish.

And it was 22-year-old shooter Kaylia Stanton again standing tall in her first season starting at national league level.

Stanton might not have shot at the best percentage (77 per cent), but was the focal point for West Coast and finished with 43 goals from 56 attempts.

Nat Medhurst worked hard to get her shots, finishing with just seven of nine herself.

The loss is a blow to the Swifts early hopes of staying in touch for a finals position and they now have just one win and a draw from their opening five games.

Sam Wallace finished with 34 from 37 for the Swifts with Amy Sommerville adding 11 from 14.

Fever started full of verve. They led 13-10 by quarter-time and their advantage had grown to six midway through the second period.

The Swifts quickly responded to level scores but West Coast did hold firm to lead by two goals at the main break.

The Fever then withstood a Swifts fightback and the margin was cut to two by the start of the finals term before West Coast eventually pulled away for the win.

Fever remains home to play the Sunshine Coast Lightning next Friday, while the Swifts return to Sydney to host the Collingwood Magpies on Sunday.

Fever coach Stacey Marinkovich was relieved the win came, especially as it was on the back of strong performances by young players Stanton, Ingrid Colyer, Courtney Bruce and Jess Anstiss.

"The best thing about the win is that it's a reward for effort and understanding of what they're doing," Marinkovich said.

"Now that they have kept improving and got results, you hope they take great confidence, enjoy their weekend and come in jumping to take on Sunshine Coast."

Swifts coach Rob Wright knows it's a work in progress for his young side but was disappointed they didn't take another step forward.

"Every time we go out there I expect us to be a little bit better. I'm not sure we were tonight and that's probably the one thing I wasn't so thrilled about," Wright said.

Source: AAP

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