After a disappointing 2017 season, West Coast Fever have announced themselves as one of the early contenders for the Suncorp Super Netball title with a 68-57 win over the Collingwood Magpies.
The Magpies threw everything they had as Fever but Jamaican shooter Jhaniele Fowler was once again a dominant force with 62 goals at 93 percent.
However, the Magpies did open up an early 3-0 lead but soon enough it was locked up at 5-5 and from their Fever took control.
It was also the first time Fever had defeated the Magpies, having lost both of their matches in 2017 season to them.
Fever coach Stacey Marinkovich lauded the defensive pressure of her side.
“The girls were sensational, and we knew it was going to be a bit more physical and the pace of the game was a lot faster,” she said.
“We just had to lock into the way we wanted to play, and our defensive pressure across the whole court gave Stacey Francis and Courtney Bruce the chance to get some ball.
“We’re setting a standard as to how we want to play, and I think that in itself speaks volumes,” Marinkovich said.
Centre Verity Charles was a shock inclusion in the side after she was carried from the court with an ankle injury during Fever's win against the Thunderbirds.
Fever's impressive performance saw them claim three bonus points, earning them a total of seven points with the Magpies taking the other bonus point in the third quarter.