Collingwood Magpies v West Coast Fever

Fever have claimed their first win of the 2019 season with a 63-61 victory over the Magpies in a tight and physical match.

It was the first official time Magpie Nat Medhurst had taken on her former club while Fever welcomed back captain Courtney Bruce who had been missing from their last three matches.

It went goal-for-goal for much of the first quarter but it was the Fever who managed to settle and take control of the match, taking a four-goal lead into the first break.

However, a recharged Magpies came out applying incredible defensive pressure, forcing turnovers and transitioning well into their attack end.

Medhurst showed no signs of pressure, shooting confidently at 87% and creating great space for goal shooter Shimona Nelson while down the other end goal keeper Geva Mentor was having a huge game with three major intercepts.

They were able to close the gap to just two by the major break.

It was a back-and-forth third quarter with no momentum shifts either way, a tight tussle with two or three-goal difference for most of the quarter.

However, the Magpies got to within one goal with just two minutes to go but Fever were doing everything right to hold them off. 

Fowler was immense missing only one goal for the match and shooting 51 of her team’s 63 goals.

The final quarter again ended with no bonus point awarded, 14 goals apiece, and the Fever clinched a two-goal victory over the Magpies.