West Coast Fever has set up a third installment of the club’s battle with GIANTS Netball in 2021, with a 75-67 victory over Sunshine Coast Lightning at Nissan Arena, Brisbane.
Despite the resounding victory, question marks remain over Fever’s ability to stay in games after two lapses allowed Sunshine Coast back into the match in the first and third quarters.
While fans will be used to seeing Fever goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler star for the West Australian side, it was both goal attack Alice Teague-Neeld and midcourter Verity Charles who stood up.
Teague-Neeld remained cool under pressure to slot four Super Shots from four attempts, while providing a crucial link between the midcourt and attacking end.
Charles, who had a whopping 50 feeds, was able to sight the shooters with ease – a trademark of the 2021 season for Fever.
While it was a tough loss, Lightning’s Cara Koenen was a standout as goal attack Steph Wood slotted back in after a few weeks battling injury.
Sunshine Coast Lightning coach Kylee Bryne said the loss was hard to take.
“That was really hard, I thought we did some good stuff out there. I really thought at times we were going to breakthrough – in the third quarter, I felt a moment of ‘we are going to do this’,” she told media after the game.
“They are such a well-drilled team, they know once they get the ball they need to score from it… we allowed that direct route to Fowler, we had taken it away from them earlier on.
“I thought we could do that this year, I thought we had a team that could challenge and compete with the top four.”
While she was rueing her side’s loss, she believes shooter Cara Koenen has cemented herself as a superstar of the game.
“I believe she’s gone to another level with the toughness she is displaying. she’s been building for so many years and now she’s such a weapon out there – the opposition has to do their homework on her,” she said.
Fever take on GIANTS Netball next Saturday from the Sunshine Coast.
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