West Coast Fever defender Shannon Eagland says she’s relishing having a strong pre season under her belt, heading into the third season of Suncorp Super Netball.
Fever fine-tuned their preparations for the season proper with an impressive six goal victory over the Melbourne Vixens, in front of almost 800 fans at the State Netball Centre yesterday.
Eagland, who ruptured her ACL in 2017, said she’d enjoyed an uninterrupted pre season.
“Last year I was coming from rehab into matchplay, and this year I have had the full pre season under my belt,” Eagland said.
“I’m really enjoying the fitness that I have managed to develop and I think that’s been able to transfer on court.”
Eagland has spent time at both Goal Defence and Wing Defence throughout Fever’s eight pre season matches, and said the flexibility of the side was something they could pride themselves on.
“It’s so exciting the fact that we have got 10 players that get out on court and have an impact at any time,” she said.
“I am really enjoying having a run with Courts (Bruce) in Goal Defence, but I am happy to take whatever bib I am given and take every opportunity with two hands.”
“I am certainly working on that (picking up ball) and working on having an impact.”
Both Fever and Vixens played strong sides in yesterday’s clash, with Jhaniele Fowler combining well in the goal circle with both Kaylia Stanton and Alice Teague-Neeld.
Fever’s midcourt continues to impress, with Ingrid Colyer, Verity Charles and Jess Anstiss forcing a number of turnovers.
“We said especially in that last quarter, let’s make this the hardest 15 minutes that we have had of our whole pre season because it’s our last stint of match play against another Suncorp Super Netball opposition, so we’re really happy to finish on a high,” Eagland said.
Fever’s attention now turns towards the season proper, when they face the Adelaide Thunderbirds in Round 1 in Adelaide on April 28.
The Club’s first home game will be on May 5 at RAC Arena, when they host the Sunshine Coast Lightning in a Grand Final rematch.
Tickets for the Grand Final rematch have been selling quickly, with another bumper crowd expected to fill the stadium, buoyed by Fever’s more than 3,300 Members; a record for the Club.
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