Fever coach Stacey Marinkovich appointed to Australian netball team

West Coast Fever coach Stacey Marinkovich talks to her players during a time out. Picture: Matt King/Getty Images
West Coast Fever coach Stacey Marinkovich talks to her players during a time out. Picture: Matt King/Getty Images

WEST Coast Fever’s Stacey Marinkovich has been unveiled as the new head coach of the Fast5 Australian Netball team.

Marinkovich was appointed alongside NSW Swifts duo Rob Wright and Megan Anderson as assistant coaches for the Fast5 Netball World Series, which will be held in Melbourne in October.

Fever’s longest-serving coach expressed her excitement at the new opportunity.

“It’s a privilege, to be honest,” Marinkovich said.

“There’s no greater thrill than representing your country, be that as a player or a coach, and I’m thoroughly looking forward to coming together as a team and playing an exciting brand of netball at the World Series.”

The 2017 Fast5 Netball World Series will be in Melbourne on October 28 and 29.

Fast5 netball features rules changes such as five players a side, shorter quarters, power plays and super shots.

The Australian team will be looking to go one better in 2017 after falling to New Zealand in the World Series final last year.

Fever executive officer Tamara Sheppard said Marinkovich would be an invaluable asset in the pursuit of gold.

“Stacey’s professionalism set her apart as a coach and the passion with which she will approach this new role will undoubtedly have an influence on the athletes,” she said.

“This is a fantastic achievement, especially given Stacey is now one of only two senior national head coaches and as a club we are delighted to see Stacey’s work in establishing an environment for sustained success recognised with an opportunity of this magnitude.”

Marinkovich’s focus will first be on finishing the Super Netball season on a successful note, when her side hosts the Melbourne Vixens at Perth Arena for its final game of 2017 on Saturday night for the annual Indigenous Round clash.

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