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West Coast Fever coach Stacey Marinkovich confident club can challenge for Super Netball title

West Coast Fever coach Stacey Marinkovich says the club has blocked out criticism of their now-dissolved three-game salary cap penalty, as the club firms for premiership favouritism.

The Fever started the 2021 Super Netball season three wins behind the competition due to the club’s hefty 2018 and 2019 salary cap infringements.

Now on zero points after three wins in three rounds, Marinkovich said the club was aiming to go one better in 2021 after last season’s heartbreaking grand final loss.

“Everyone’s got an opinion (on the penalty) and they’re entitled to that… but for me, everything is about our performance,” she said.

“I think we do have the team that can win a premiership.

“We wouldn’t be stepping out there each week without anything but the focus to winning.”

The Fever and GIANTS are the only undefeated clubs after three rounds.

West Coast are scheduled to play four of their final five games at RAC Arena, giving Marinkovich plenty of confidence in the run home.

Stacey Marinkovich speaks to her players.
Camera IconStacey Marinkovich speaks to her players. Credit: RICHARD WAINWRIGHT/AAPIMAGE

“We know if we can get the wins (early in the season), get ourselves in a good position, having teams come here week after week against our home crowd, I welcome that very much,” she said.

“We lost a grand final by a couple of goals – I think that in itself shows we’re at a standard that’s competitive.

“We’ve got such a concentration on what we’re trying to deliver out on court.

“There’s just been this real steely focus around what we have to do.”

The Fever face winless Adelaide Thunderbirds on Saturday, and could jump into the top four with victory.

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