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Fever impressive in opening clash of 2018

West Coast Fever have impressed in their first clash of 2018, beating the Queensland Firebirds by 11 goals at the State Netball Centre.

In her first appearance in the green dress, Jamaican shooter Jhaniele Fowler was unstoppable under the post, combining with both Nat Medhurst and Kaylia Stanton throughout the match.

The defensive trio of Courtney Bruce, Stacey Francis and Annika Lee-Jones were impressive, shutting down a number of attacks from the Firebirds.

Fever opened the match strongly, with Fowler and Medhurst combining with Ingrid Colyer and reigning MVP Jess Anstiss to open up a seven goal quarter time lead.

The Firebirds settled in the second term, trimming the margin to two goals at half time, before gaining the upper hand early in the third term.

Fever wrestled the momentum back shortly after, and asserted their authority to lead by eight goals at the final change.

Buoyed by a crowd of more than 1000 people, Fever dominated the last term to run out 11 goal victors.

Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich said it was nice to get an early win on the board, but admitted there was still areas her side could improve on.

"We have had some really key measures we wanted to hold ourself to in attack and defence, so it was really challenging ourselves to make sure to do that under pressure," Marinkovich said.

"The combinations have room to grow, particularly the connections between the midcourt and going in on the feed."

"We just need to work on our consistency, we came out really strongly in the first quarter, so we need to be able to replicate that over an over again."

Fever will now head south for their second match against the Firebirds this weekend at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre tomorrow.

To see Fever in action in the 2018 Suncorp Super Netball season, secure your seats here.

West Coast Fever: 62
Queensland Firebirds: 51


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