In a remarkable season for every professional netballer in Australia, West Coast Fever midcourter Verity Charles and her teammates have had one of the most up and down seasons in history.
Coming off the back of two losses in a row – something few people would have expected from Fever – and the uncertainty of the entire SSN season, Charles was pretty stoked to hit the court once again, helping her side to a massive win over Melbourne Vixens.
Chalres played a pivotal role in the win as she was able to place the ball in with pin point accruacy to Shooter Jhaniele Fowler – who scored 58 from 59 goals.
Even without rising goal attack Sasha Glasgow, Charles said despite all of the ups and downs, Fever was ready to make amends for their form prior.
“We pulled up well after the game. The bodies are feeling good despite a quick turnaround where we literally flew in Wednesday night and played Thursday,” she said from Queensland.
“I have good players around me and we connected really well. We were fired up and produced a good game.”
If 2020 presented challenges for the Suncorp Super Netball competition, 2021 that covered.
Fever and its playing group were still in Perth when they were told to pack their bags for Adelaide after one final sendoff at RAC Arena.
Suddenly, the borders slammed shut and it was off to the Queensland capital. Charles said her side was a resilient bunch.
“The team has done this last year and we know where we are at,” she told The Netball Post.
“To know that the comp is going ahead puts your mind at ease knowing we can play.
“The turnaround is super quick which I really enjoy with the hub. There is not too much time to think, it is go, go, go which is great for us.
“I don’t stress the little things. It is about embracing it.”
In chaotic times, Charles said her husband, Nathan Charles – a former Wallabies Rugby star and fellow Ninja Warrior AU competitor and the only contact sport athlete who has cystic fibrosis – and her entire team was an inspiration to her.
“He inspires me every single day, on and off the field… but I don’t have to look far for inspiration,” she said.
“I am around girls with the same mindset as me every single day – I am inspired. There is not one individual person that I say ‘yep, they’re my person’ that I look up to.
“You can find a lot of inspiration in stories out of many different people that I take little pieces from and continue to learn and grow each and every day.”
Charles said she’s using the downtime to exercise, fit in her yoga and just relax.
Fever take on Queensland Firebirds from 6.30pm on Tuesday, 27 July.