West Coast Fever have displayed further promising signs on day two of the Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup, despite falling to the Giants and Swifts.
Fever were without star shooter Jhaniele Fowler once again, with Kaylia Stanton, Alice Teague-Neeld and Emma Cosh spending time in the goal circle.
The Giants got the better of Fever by 12 goals in the opening match of the day, despite a spirited effort from the West Coast side.
Kaylia Stanton was impressive in the goal circle, combining well with both Teague-Neeld and Cosh.
The midcourt continued to take steps forward, while Courtney Bruce and Stacey Francis shone bright in the defensive circle.
In the second match of the day, Fever fell four goals short of the NSW Swifts, with the result seeing Fever finish bottom of Pool B.
Olivia Lewis was rewarded with her first start, lining up on the towering Sam Wallace, however the youngster wasn’t phased, nabbing an interception and forcing a number of turnovers.
Lewis combined with captain Courtney Bruce, before the skipper was moved back into Goal Keeper and Shannon Eagland injected into Wing Defence.
The Swifts continued to drive throughout the game, opening up a seven goal lead at three quarter time, before a strong fightback in the fourth stanza saw Fever cut the margin to four goals at the final siren.
Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich was pleased with a number of areas of her side’s game.
“I’m really pleased with how the girls are taking on different challenges we pose to them in each game,” Marinkovich said.
“Whilst we need to improve our consistency there are areas of our training environment that have transferred, and for me that is exciting.”
“There is much learning to take from this weekend and it gives us great direction for the next block of training.”
“We haven’t backed away from testing our combinations whilst also giving units time to form and adapt to the different styles that our opposition have posed.”
“The first box of preseason is ticked, with further match opportunities to improve and grow our performance.”
Fever will play the loser of the Adelaide Thunderbirds and Queensland Firebirds tomorrow morning at 9.30 Brisbane time.
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