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West Coast Fever captain Courtney Bruce says top two Super Netball challenge is exciting

West Coast Fever captain Courtney Bruce says it is exciting that her team has the opportunity to have a big say on their fate in the coming days.

Bruce and her teammates face the tough task of playing the Sunshine Coast Lightning and NSW Swifts in the next five days and the reward if successful could be season-defining.

Fever sit in fourth and just six points adrift of the two 2019 grand finalists and if they walk away with a pair of wins, they could not only seal a finals berth but jump into the top two.

Courtney Bruce challenges Lightning’s Peace Proscovia for the ball.
Camera IconCourtney Bruce challenges Lightning’s Peace Proscovia for the ball. Credit: ALBERT PEREZ/AAPIMAGE

Bruce said their focus was putting in a 60-minute performance but acknowledged the potential outcomes of this week.

“If we want to be the best, we’ve got to be able to beat the best,” she said.

“The reason we’re in the top four with the Lightning and Swifts is for that exact reason, so if we can get over the top of those two teams and we get that double, that would be fantastic.”

Fever and Lightning met less than two weeks ago, with Bruce and her team thumping the two-time champions 80-56 in a dominant display.

The defender doesn’t expect things to go smoothly when the two sides meet at the Sunshine Coast’s USC Stadium on Tuesday.

“We did have a good game against them last time, but it doesn’t mean they’re going to let the same thing happen to them again,” Bruce said.

“They’re not going to roll over this time. The feeling (in the squad) is good but we have to be aware of that.

“They had a good win at the weekend against the Giants, so they’re going to have some confidence coming out of that one. I think it’s going to be a good battle.”

Bruce said the team had taken plenty of confidence out of their draw with ladder leaders Melbourne Vixens, but needed to focus on maintaining their lead after being up by 14 goals in the third term.

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