Ex­cite­ment at fever-pitch for new sea­son

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

WEST Coast Fever has gone in to the 2015 sea­son fit­ter than ever, ac­cord­ing to new coach Stacey Rosman.

“Their phys­i­cal con­di­tion­ing has cer­tainly im­proved from last year,” Rosman said.

The for­mer as­sis­tant coach, who was pro­moted when Norma Plummer’s con­tract ended last sea­son, said win­ning the Pre-Sea­son Sum­mer Shootout in Syd­ney was a con­fi­dence-booster and showed how far the team had come in the off-sea­son.

“For us, it was more about how we were play­ing the game rather than the ac­tual re­sults,” Rosman said.

“There were some re­ally good signs as far as how team unity has changed from De­cem­ber 1.

“We’ve talked a lot about build­ing a club rather than just a team.

“We want to make the club more pro­fes­sional and accountable.”

The Fever, who de­feated the Fire­birds 57-50 in Queens­land last Sun­day, also started the new sea­son with a new cap­tain, Ash­leigh Brazill.

The 25-year-old, who joined the Fever line-up in 2012, said she would go in to this sea­son like any other, de­spite be­ing cap­tain.

“The good thing about this team is ev­ery­one is ca­pa­ble of be­ing a leader,” Brazill said.

With vice-cap­tain and Aus­tralian Di­a­monds player Caitlin Bas­sett, of Subiaco, by her side, Brazill said her fo­cus was the 2015 Fever sea­son “and if we do well, any­thing can hap­pen”, in­clud­ing Aus­tralian se­lec­tion that has eluded the new cap­tain since 2012.

Rosman said the com­bi­na­tion of Bas­sett and fel­low Di­a­monds player Natalie Med­hurst would be ex­cit­ing to watch again this year, as well as the fresh de­fen­sive line-up of Josie JanzDaw­son, April Let­ton, Erena Mikaere and Court­ney Bruce.

“You’ll also see a lot more from our mid-court this sea­son with their fresh ath­leti­cism,” she said.

Fever’s first home game is this Sun­day against the North­ern Mys­tics at HBF Sta­dium.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d433578

Fever cap­tain Ash­leigh Brazill and vice-cap­tain Caitlin Bas­sett are en­thu­si­as­tic about the club’s chances this sea­son.

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