Unbeaten Fever defeat reigning champs

WEST Coast Fever remains unbeaten in the 2015 season, downing reigning champions the Melbourne Vixens 53-47 at HBF Stadium yesterday.

The home side, which retains the Challenge Trophy, got out to a six-point lead in the first quarter but the Vixens managed to reign in the difference to two, scoring the first four goals of the second quarter after swapping Karyn Bailey out to goal attack and Tegan Philip to goal shooter.

The Vixens evened the score five minutes in prompting Fever coach Stacey Rosman to bench Erena Mikaere and give Josie Janz-Dawson a run in the defensive circle but it was not enough to stop the Melbourne side from gaining a three-goal lead.

However, Natalie Medhurst�s accurate shooting and a Shae Brown steal in the mid court secured the Fever a 22-20 lead going in to half time.

Fever lifted in the third term scoring five goals in a row thanks to wing attack Khao Watts� strong feeding in to Medhurst and Caitlin Bassett.

The Vixens swapped shooters Philip and Bailey back in to their first quarter bibs but it was Bassett who stole the limelight in the second half scoring her 3500 championship goal.

Mikaere was brought back in to the fray in the final quarter as the home side led by five points and the Vixens lost mid courter Madison Robinson to a knee injury.

Medhurst continued to record strong shooting statistics missing just one goal all afternoon.

The Fever play the Tactix this Sunday in New Zealand.