Super Netball: West Coast Fever claims important 57-40 win over Adelaide Thunderbirds

West Coast Fever played Adelaide Thunderbirds at Perth Arena with the roof open last season. Picture: Perth Arena/Facebook
West Coast Fever played Adelaide Thunderbirds at Perth Arena with the roof open last season. Picture: Perth Arena/Facebook

WEST Coast Fever pocketed its second Super Netball win of the season under an open roof at Perth Arena on Saturday.

Fever’s 57-40 win against Adelaide Thunderbirds provided a reason for the home side to smile at the halfway point of the season.

Skipper Natalie Medhurst (17 goals) and Kaylia Stanton (40 goals) were the bankable targets West Coast needed after a difficult start to the season.

Erin Bell (21 goals) had one of her best games of the season but could not change the fortunes of the last-placed Thunderbirds.

The Thunderbirds started full of energy but were quickly reeled in by a home side that was more purposeful in its movement and precise passing.

Adelaide suffered from heavy legs at the attack end, offering few options to its feeders.

The Fever enjoyed a five-goal edge at half time without looking totally in control of a scrappy contest.

Both teams worked overtime to shift the ball down the court as the midcourters ripped into each other in a bid to establish dominance.

Captain Erin Bell was a source of strength for Adelaide in that middle stage.

When their opportunity presented itself in the third term, the Fever pounced.

A 15-11 third quarter from the hosts meant it was Adelaide’s game to lose in the final term.

Medhurst’s brief absence from the court due to the blood rule threatened to interrupt the Fever but the West Australians had worked far too hard to allow that to ruin their lead.