Following the ANZ Championship official pre-season Summer Shootout in Sydney, the team will return to Perth for a battle of epic proportions.
On 15 February, HBF Stadium will transform into ‘The Cauldron’ – Fever’s home turf for the 2015 ANZ Championship season.
The unveiling of The Cauldron will be symbolic of the recent changes in and around the West Coast Fever camp.
A new coach, a new captain, a new outlook.
And now The Cauldron will play host to a new format for the annual pre-season exhibition match – one that is sure to get fans talking.
In years gone by, the President of Netball WA has hand selected twelve of the best players from the State Netball League to face-off against Fever in a traditional netball format.
This year, under the new direction of Stacey Rosman, the format will see Fever battle it out against four quality teams over six rounds of netball.
Included in the opposition line-up is a men’s invitational team, a selection of WAIS scholarship athletes and each of the 2014 State Netball League grand final teams, South East Demons and Perth Lions.
“We’ll be playing against four teams that have established line ups and who have trained and played together, unlike the President’s 12 format where the team would often be made up of players who weren’t used to each other,” said Rosman.
The only teams that will play multiple rounds are the men and the WAIS team, who will alternate through the first four rounds.
Each round will be 15 minutes in duration, meaning Fever’s total match play will be 50% longer than a normal ANZ Championship match.
As the rounds go on, Fever will need to dig deep and push through match fatigue, unlike their opponents who will each step onto the court with fresh legs.
The Challenge Cup is there for the taking. Opposition teams only need to win one round in order to take out The Challenge. West Coast Fever needs to hold off all teams over the six rounds to defend and retain The Challenge Cup.
“The nature of the new format gives us the opportunity to test the depths and combinations of our squad, in an environment where each round has an impact,” said Rosman.
“We’ll need to rotate our players and try out a variety of combinations, but the challenge is we can’t afford to drop a round in the process.”
2015 West Coast Fever members are encouraged to attend The Challenge to pick up their member packs and meet the players. Memberships are on sale now. Click here for details.
West Coast Fever presents The Challenge
HBF Stadium (Stephenson Avenue Mount Claremont)
Gates open at 11am
- First centre pass at 1.18pm
Round 1: Men’s invitational team
Round 2: WAIS scholarship team
Round 3: Men’s invitational team
10 minute Half Time break
Round 4: WAIS scholarship team
Round 5: South East Demons
Round 6: Perth Lions
*Each round will be 15 minutes in duration, plus any injury time.
** If more than one of the opposition teams wins their round, the winner will be determined by percentage.