Fever keep their cool to beat theThun­der­birds

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Sports -

A COM­POSED West Coast Fever beat 5th-placed Ade­laide Thun­der­birds 55-50 at HBF Sta­dium last Sun­day, con­tin­u­ing their un­beaten 2015 record. Even­tual Most Valu­able Player Natalie Med­hurst did not let her stature in the tow­er­ing goal cir­cle mess with her stats, re­main­ing com­posed through­out the game and shoot­ing 15 goals from 17 at­tempts. New re­cruits Erena Mikaere and April Let­ton com­bined well in de­fence keep­ing Carla Bor­rego and Erin Bell at 77 per cent and 65 per cent shoot­ing ac­cu­racy re­spec­tively. The Thun­der­birds trailed by two at quar­ter time but took a three-goal lead five min­utes in to the sec­ond quar­ter. How­ever, the home side went into half time one goal ahead. Fever’s only changes were be­tween Ashleigh Brazill and Khao Watts, who switched from wing de­fence and cen­tre. Again, the Thun­der­birds started the third quar­ter well scor­ing the first three goals and the teams went goal for goal un­til Fever got the break they were look­ing for to get a twogoal lead go­ing in to the fi­nal term. Fever had a four-goal lead with 10 min­utes to go and de­spite an 11th hour come­back at­tempt from the Thun­der­birds, the home side man­aged to main­tain its lead. The Chal­lenge Cup tro­phy hold­ers had only won two of the past 14 games against Ade­laide go­ing in to the game. They play the Mel­bourne Vix­ens at HBF Sta­dium on Easter Mon­day.

Fever goal at­tack Natalie Med­hurst.

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