West Coast Fever won’t have to wait long to exact some revenge on the Sunshine Coast Lightning next season, with a blockbuster round two fixture set for RAC Arena on May 5.
The Weekend West can reveal the Sunday showdown between the two Super Netball grand finalists from this season will be Fever’s first home game of their 2019 campaign.
A record national netball crowd of 13,722 saw the Sunshine Coast win the premiership by three goals over West Coast at the Arena in August and Netball WA chief executive Simon Taylor is hoping for a big turnout for the re-match.
“Throughout 2018 we averaged just over 8000 for our Perth Arena fixtures so it would be wonderful to start the season with a 10,000-strong crowd, but getting above that 8000 early on in the season would be a great starting point for it,” Taylor said.
“From a crowd attendance perspective, we were No.1 in the league this year so definitely we have got an amazing venue in RAC Arena. There is no better at this point in time around the country.
“It’s a great opportunity to have another go and reward our fans for their rejoining the club and coming on board and start the season off with a big showcase match and go from there throughout the season. It was built by the league but we’re really happy to be able to start the season that way, that’s for sure. At this stage there is only the one Sunday regular round fixture. Hopefully if we head into finals there might be a couple in that period as well.”
The full fixture will be unveiled on Wednesday with Taylor hopeful all seven home fixtures will be staged at the Arena for the first time.
Taylor said membership figures were already trending ahead of the same time last year even without a fixture available.
Fever are coming off their most successful season but have had to deal with the ugly fallout from the axing of goal attack Nat Medhurst.
“Those decisions are not easy decisions to be made, either by the club or by the impact it has on individuals,” Taylor said.
“It’s exciting to see fans heavily engaged and want to have a say on who stays and goes and the impact that has. We can only demonstrate to our fans what we’re trying to achieve and how those steps and the journey that we take represents that. No doubt success on the court will be one of those measures that our fans will tell us about.”