2022 SSN Season Review: West Coast Fever
THE 2022 Suncorp Super Netball season has come to an end, so let us now take a look back at each team’s season in retrospect. Today’s team in review is the West Coast Fever, who won the title in 2022.
Things were about as good as they get for the Fever this year. They were one of the teams to beat all year, the second last team to lose their undefeated streak and never dropping out of the top four all season.
They had their wobbles at times, but were still a force to be reckoned with and really lifted at the crucial times. After being unable to beat the minor premier Vixens all season, they beat them twice in the finals, and quite convincingly so on both occasions, to go on and win the 2022 Suncorp Super Netball title.
In a premiership year it is hard to go past a Grand Final win as the best match of the season, especially when the Fever were as dominant as they were. They were clinical against the Vixens from the get go, rattling the Vixens early and ensuring they were never really in the contest.
Despite having the previous week off, they were just as clinical as they were in the semi final against the Vixens and earned themselves not only their first title as a club, but the first national level netball title for any team from Western Australia.
The Fever were one of the teams to beat all season, and players at both ends of the court really shone all season.
In attack, Jhaniele Fowler was on fire all season, leading the goal shooting tally for the league and proving to be a really hard challenge to match up on for all teams. She also lead the league for rebounds, so even if she or her shooting partner missed a goal, she was always there to pick up the scraps and try again.
She rarely went for a Super Shot, but because she was so deadly from one goal range she did not have to. She also teamed up well with Sasha Glasgow, who had a bit of an underrated season herself, and the partnership the pair created in that goal square was a formidable one.
Up the other end, captain Courtney Bruce had another stellar season. She was the league leader for defensive rebounds and deflections, and proved a daunting match up for any goaler, while also creating a daunting defensive partnership with fellow defender Sunday Aryang.
There will only be one change to the Fever premiership winning line-up, with veteran Stacey Francis-Bayman retiring, and in her place comes former Firebird Kim Jenner.