WEST Coast Fever and City of Mandurah have partnered to bring a pre-season match against Queensland Firebirds to the Peel region next year.
Fever’s loyal regional supporters will be able to attend a community clinic and open training session, ahead of the clash in February with the three-time champions.
West Coast Fever executive officer Tamara Sheppard said it was exciting for the club to take the fixture to the Peel region.
“It’s fantastic to be able to reward our loyal regional supporter base with a wonderful schedule of events,” she said.
West Coast Fever head coach Stacey Marinkovich said it had a lot of talent that came from the South-West region.
“It will be great for local Mandurah netball players to see how the elite team train,” she said.
“If they train hard enough, working with South-West netball and regional development groups, they can make it into the state team.
“Living regional doesn’t matter, and with the support from the City of Mandurah and the State Government, they can make it as an elite player if they put enough effort in.”
Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams said the City of Mandurah would contribute $8000 to get the partnership moving.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the City to promote elite women’s sport and we’re extremely proud to support this event,” he said.
“We have a solid netball scene here in Mandurah so it’s going to be amazing for all the young crew to come down and meet their role models, be inspired, and see the importance of getting involved in local sports like netball.”
Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre will cater for 615 people to view the match.
West Coast Fever will face Queensland Firebirds at the centre on Sunday, February 25.
A community clinic will take place on Wednesday, February 21 from 4pm to 6pm, before throwing the doors open to training from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Ticketing information for the match will be released in coming weeks.