Excitement at fever-pitch for new season
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.
Fever captain Ashleigh Brazill and vice-captain Caitlin Bassett are enthusiastic about the club’s chances this season.