Fever bounce back in emphatic fashion

WEST Coast Fever have bounced back from their midweek loss in style, defeating the NSW Swifts by 18 goals in the Suncorp Super Netball (SSN), 76-58.

It was actually the Swifts who got out to the fast start and got the early lead, before the Fever reeled it back in, and then built a lead of their own. Before anyone knew it the Fever were out by five goals and holding their lead nicely.

The Swifts were able to bring it back to within one during the power five but it wasn’t long before the five-goal lead was back. Helen Housby’s accurate shooting from Super Shot range meant that the Swifts were always in it, despite being behind, and at quarter time the margin was only a single goal in favour of the Fever.

It was an even start to the second term, but some wayward passing from the Swifts meant the Fever were able to extend their lead even further. At the start of the power five period the margin was five in favour of the Fever.

Much of the power five saw both sides trade blows from Super Shot range, and a Jhaniele Fowler Super Shot on the half time siren saw the margin at the major break as four goal in the Fever’s favour.

The Swifts had a great start to the third term and got within one of the Fever, but that is as close as they got. The Fever got the margin back out to five as the power five approached.

The power five did not go to plan at all for the Swifts. Housby missed a number of Super Shots and the Fever extended their lead out even further. As the teams turned for home, the margin was seven goals in the Fever’s favour.  

The Fever lead grew even bigger early in the last, and before they knew it was as much as 10 goals. The Swifts were certainly not making it easier for themselves, with some wayward passing handing the Fever some easy goals. As the final power five of the match approached, the Fever lead was up to 12 goals.

As brilliant as the Swifts’ power fives were in the first half, they had another poor one in the last term as the Fever really ran away with the match to win by 18 goals.

For the Fever, the shooting partnership between Fowler and Sasha Glasgow worked a treat. Although Fowler was doing most of the goal shooting, Glasgow was racking up the goal assists, and creating those chances for Fowler. She finished with the third highest goal assists tally for the match, with the two players above her being midcourters. Sunday Aryang was also very impressive in defence.

Meanwhile for the Swifts, Housby’s 10 Super Shots she nailed in the match equalled the league record. Maddy Proud was a great driver of attacking play for the Swifts, registering 27 goal assists and 46 feeds for the match. Although she had a quiet second half, Teigan O’Shannassy’s first half was impressive, as she held her own against Fowler.

Next week both these sides are in NSW. The Fever are travelling to face the GIANTS, while the Swifts are playing hosts to the Lightning.

WEST COAST FEVER 20 | 20 | 14 | 22 (76)
NSW SWIFTS 19 | 17 | 11 | 11 (58)


West Coast Fever

GS: Jhaniele Fowler
GA: Sasha Glasgow
WA: Alice Teague-Neeld
C: Verity Simmons
WD: Jess Anstiss
GD: Sunday Aryang
GK: Courtney Bruce

NSW Swifts

GS: Helen Housby
GA: Kelly Singleton
WA: Maddy Proud
C: Paige Hadley
WD: Maddy Turner
GD: Sarah Klau
GK: Teigan O’Shannassy

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