AFTER a disappointing 2019 season the West Coast Fever will be keen to get back on the winners list in the Suncorp Super Netball in 2020. With an unchanged line-up to last year the Fever have some a-class players that can stand up to the challenge and more importantly will be hoping to prove their worth. Courtney Bruce and Jhaniele Fowler are arguably the two most dominant figures on the court for the Fever, with the towering bookends renowned for their ability to control the game and create something out of nothing. But it will be up to the next tier of players to step up to the mark this season to generate some more wins and put out more consistent performances.
Winning the Young Star Award in 2018 along with a club MVP in 2017 there is no denying that Anstiss has the capacity to take the next step up this season. She is a classy player that can find the ball with ease whether it be in wing defence or centre. While she has a more commanding presence in wing defence with her defensive mindset, hands over pressure and ability to create turnovers she is equally as impressive through the centre. She is quick on her feet, able to read the play with ease and can hit the circle edge with ease to deliver the ball into the goalers. After a quiet year last year the talented midcourter will be hoping to emulate her 2018 form and prove that she is a force to be reckoned with and really provide that spark her side is looking for.
Pushed out of her usual position of goal shooter, Stanton is getting more familiar with the goal attack position. Although still adapting to the different style Stanton is a clever ball user and can find Fowler with ease under the post such is her vision and play making ability. The talented goaler is not afraid to go to post, often backing herself from range but just needs to grow in confidence in order to have a more profound impact throughout the game. She has the skillset to kick her game up a level given her silky movement, ball placement, calm temperament and sheer netball nous. Although she can fade in and out of games, more court time and further development will allow the young goaler to take the leap and prove that she is a commanding presence out at goal attack with her strong drives and accuracy to post.
After spending some time out of the Roses side, Francis has rejoined the team and has taken her game to another level, something she will be hoping to continue with the Fever this season. She is a real ball winner with her speed off the mark, quick change of direction and deceptively long arms. Francis is a highly versatile player able to switch from circle defence to wing defence depending on what the team needs. Her physical style often catches shooters off guard but will need to reel it in to ensure she stays in play and can apply defensive pressure throughout the game. With leadership skills and experience to boot it is time for Francis to lead the midcourt and use her drive to bring the ball down court and create attacking forays.