Netball: West Coast Fever and Magpies Netball test out new rules in pre-season hit outs

Courtney Bruce in defence against Magpies Netball.
Courtney Bruce in defence against Magpies Netball.

WEST Coast Fever and Magpies Netball trialled proposed new time out rules for next year’s Super Netball season in two pre-season clashes at the State Netball Centre this week.

Yesterday, each team was allowed one time out per half, while the teams could take one time out a quarter during this morning’s match.

Fever started strong in the first game fielding a familiar line up with Diamonds player Courtney Bruce in goal defence, Nat Medhurst goal attack and Kaylia Stanton playing goal shooter, but went down 43-52.

With squad members Jhaniele Fowler, Jess Anstiss, Shannon Eagland and Verity Charles out of action, head coach Stacey Marinkovich rotated through several Training Partners and West Coast Fever Academy athletes.

Fever skipped out to an early three goal lead, before the Magpies rallied to take a one goal buffer into the quarter time break, extending the margin to six goals at half time.

In the second game this morning, Fever managed to retain momentum through the four quarters, winning the match 51-44.

Marinkovich again rotated players with all athletes spending time on the court, including Anstiss who returned to the side after missing yesterday’s match.

Stanton and Medhurst continued to develop their partnership in the goal circle, with both players spending time at goal shooter and goal attack, while Ingrid Colyer showcased her fitness, playing four quarters for the second consecutive match.

Fever only trailed the Magpies for a short time in the third term, with Marinkovich praising her side for their performances over the past two days.

“We’ve been working on things for the last six weeks and it was great to see it transfer from the training environment into match play these past two games,” she said.

“Still using our combinations and depth of our squad was really promising and rewarding for the hard work the girls have been doing.

“The thing that was good was that we got some goals ahead, then they pushed back and even though they kept coming, we were able to put our foot down and it didn’t matter who was out there.”

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