Netball: Fever clip the Magpies at Perth Arena


Nat Medhurst takes a shot.
Nat Medhurst takes a shot.

WEST Coast Fever won their first home game of the season 68-57 against the Magpies in front of 5638 people at Perth Arena on Saturday night.

Both teams fielded predictable starting line-ups, with Verity Charles starting in centre for Fever despite rolling her ankle against the Adelaide Thunderbirds last week.

The visitors started strong, scoring three unanswered goals but Fever came back to even the game halfway through the quarter and were leading 15-14 at the first break.

There was only one change of bib early in the second quarter, with Shae Brown replacing Erin Bell during a time-out just minutes into the second term.

In the second quarter, the Magpies goal keeper could do little to stop Fever goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler, who took the home side to a 34-26 lead at half-time.

Magpies made a few changes going into the third quarter, with Bell back in goal attack and Brown picking up the centre bib.

The visitors picked up the third- quarter bonus point, winning the term 19-17 but Fever still held the lead 51-45.

Fever saved their best for last, winning the final bonus point with a 17-12 final quarter.

Fever head coach Stacey Marinkovich said the defensive pressure of her side was a highlight of Fever’s game.