WEST Coast Fever defender Courtney Bruce is challenged every training session playing on two of the best shooters in the world.
Bruce, who grew up in Southern River, is having a breakout season with the Fever, by getting more game time and being injury free.
The Fever scored more goals last season than any other Championship side, which was largely due to having Australian Diamonds shooters Caitlin Bassett and Nat Medhurst up front.
The Fever is again looking towards the finals with the side sitting in third position in the Australian conference of the Championship with three wins and two losses.
Bruce said she was learning every day playing on Bassett and Medhurst.
“Nat and Bass challenge me every single day and great to have them on our side rather than compete against them,” she said.
“In Australia at the moment the shooting stocks are quite strong and even in New Zealand you got some huge competition and tall players to come up against.
“I think I have two pretty tough opponents in my own team.”
Bruce grew up in the Southern River area and played her junior netball at Southern Districts Netball.
She said this year was a break out year for her.
“I spent the first four years sitting on the bench and I have been lucky enough to start,” she said.
“It’s probably taking my time to develop; I have been injury free this season.
“Sometimes you need to bide your time on the bench and do all you can that way and I had huge pre season coming in and this has been as fast and strong as I have ever been.”
Bruce said the side would be disappointed not to make the finals.
“Definitely that is what we are aiming for (finals),” she said.
“None of us are going to accept anything less than finals, it’s definitely the goal.”