WEST Coast Fever went down by five goals against the Queensland Firebirds in Brisbane on Saturday night.
It is the second time this season Fever has fallen short against the Firebirds.
After a back-and-forth opening seven minutes, the Firebirds put their foot down, scoring five unanswered goals to lead by six goals at the first break.
The deficit grew to 10 goals midway through the second term before Fever trimmed the margin to seven goals at the main change.
Down by nine goals at three-quarter time, Fever dug deep in the fourth quarter, cutting the margin to five goals with nine minutes to go, but it was the home side that was able to record the win.
West Coast Fever Captain Nat Medhurst said it was a disappointing result, with the team’s inconsistency a huge setback.
“We let them get too far out in front early on and that’s been the story of our season so far,” she said.
“The inconsistency is killing us, but we did show what we are capable of and it would be nice to be able to do that for all four quarters.
“The last quarter was really pleasing, but we need to be able to get those wins.”
Fever return home to Perth for its clash with Giants Netball on Sunday, April 30, at HBF Stadium.