West Coast Fever have won their first three matches in a best-ever start to the trans-Tasman netball competition, and they aren’t afraid of dreaming of finals before their clash against the NSW Swifts.
Not only have the Fever never won their first three ANZ Championship matches, but they have never won more than five matches in a season.
Already the three wins in 2015 equal what they did in 2011 and 2012, and better the two-win showing in 2008.
Stacey Rosman is in her first year as coach, and in replacing Norma Plummer she hasn’t changed much of the playing group, but the confidence and resilience has been a noticeable difference in the opening three games.
West Coast beat defending champions the Queensland Firebirds in Brisbane and have since defeated the Northern Mystics and Southern Steel in Perth before next Monday’s tantalising match-up with the Swifts in Sydney.
Rosman knows there is a long way to go, but also knows that finals should be the result if Fever keep going the way they are.
“We believe that we can win anywhere, any time. Swifts are in good form and they’ve got some really good players. They are well drilled and they have a really sound game plan. Our ability to be able to present strongly, and keeping our composure will be key next week,” Rosman said.
“We don’t back away, we know that with the way we’ve worked it we have given ourselves that ability to dream big, but we understand that there are all these steps to be able to get that dream.”
While the Fever have a star attack with Caitlin Bassett and Nat Medhurst, strong defenders Erena Mikaere and April Letton, and mid-court led by Shae Brown, Ashleigh Brazill and Khao Watts, what pleases Rosman most is the belief they have as a group.
“They know what they are prepared for so there’s not a lot at this stage that will swing them too far off. They have that belief that they have done the hard work, they know what to expect and they are really professional with the way they have gone about it,” Rosman said.