West Coast Fever go down to Vixens by narrowest of margins


West Coast Fever’s Natalie Medhurst.
West Coast Fever’s Natalie Medhurst.

WEST Coast Fever will have one more chance this season to break the hoodoo at Perth Arena after losing by one goal to Melbourne Vixens on Saturday.

Fever is yet to win a game at the Arena but had their closest outing yet on the weekend after leading for most of the game.

The home side started strong turning over the Vixens’ centre pass to score the first goal of the match and went in to the first break with a 15-12 lead.

They extended the lead to four goals at halftime thanks to strong defence in the centre court but some fumbling by the Fever allowed the Vixens to convert several turnovers and level the scores at three quarter time.

Fever coach Stacey Rosman swapped captain Ash Brazill to centre and Shae Bolton to wing defence in the final quarter and despite a last ditch effort, the home side fell a goal short.

Rosman said that while she and her players were disappointed, they knew what was required to turn it around.

“The part that is frustrating is collectively it was our own errors that let us down today,” she said.

“There were moments when we were in complete control of that match but couldn’t quite execute to really pull away to a big lead.

“We are all accountable though, not only for this performance but also for ensuring we eliminate those small mistakes and put together a four quarter effort.”

Fever plays Central Pulse at Perth Arena on Saturday, June 25.