Fever keen to hold onto tro­phy

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

WEST Coast Fever has re­tained the Chal­lenge Tro­phy, win­ning their first home game 67-51 against the North­ern Mys­tics at Chal­lenge Sta­dium last Sun­day.

Fever will keep hold of the tro­phy, which they re­ceived through a bal­lot draw, un­til they lose a home game.

Aus­tralian Di­a­monds player and Fever goal shooter Caitlin Bas­sett got the home side off to a good start, se­cur­ing the first two goals of the game, but it was even from then, on with just one point be­tween the teams at quar­ter time.

Fever then made their move, go­ing in to half time with a nine-point lead.

Both teams made sev­eral changes for the sec­ond half, with Fever cap­tain Ash­leigh Brazill mov­ing into cen­tre and Shae Brown to wing de­fence.

Catherine Latu went into goal shooter for the Mys­tics, mak­ing an im­pact early on, but the com­bi­na­tion of Josie Janz-Daw­son and April Let­ton in Fever’s de­fen­sive cir­cle helped Fever re­tain con­trol of the game.

With six-and-a-half min­utes to go in the third quar­ter and Fever up by 13 goals, Mys­tics brought on sev­eral new play­ers but it failed to stop the home side from se­cur­ing an 18-point lead go­ing into the fi­nal term.

The home side brought in new re­cruit Erena Mikaere, who played on her for­mer team­mate Latu, and young­ster In­grid Colyer for the last quar­ter.

West Coast Fever goal shooter Caitlin Bas­sett in ac­tion. Bas­sett is in great form al­ready this sea­son.

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