YOUNG gun Jess Anstiss has been rewarded with a 2017 playing contract after strong performances for Rangers in the WA Netball League and State and National underage representative teams.
The 20-year-old made her West Coast Fever debut in the weekend’s loss to the Adelaide Thunderbirds.
After transitioning seamlessly into the training environment across the pre-season, Anstiss delivered strong performances in both of West Coast Fever’s matches against Giants Netball before Round 1, including a shutdown role on veteran Kim Green.
Despite a strong pre-season, Anstiss admitted she was surprised when head coach Stacey Marinkovich gave her the nod at half-time.
“I wasn’t really expecting to be on the court so early in the season, so I was stoked to get the call up,” Anstiss said.
“Stacey (Marinkovich) just said ‘go out and play like you normally do’.”
Anstiss finished the match with an interception and deflection and said it was a great feeling to play in the opening round of Super Netball.
Fever opened up a seven-goal lead in a dominant display in the third term, however, riding the wave of a vocal home crowd, the Thunderbirds seized momentum to charge home to claim a five-goal victory.
West Coast Fever’s English import Stacey Francis also made her debut for the Club.
Fever will return home for its first home game of 2017 on Friday, March 3, against the Queensland Firebirds.