It took three quarters but the NSW Swifts eventually got on top of West Coast Fever at the Perth Arena to end up winning 58-47.
It took three quarters but the NSW Swifts eventually got on top of West Coast Fever at Perth Arena to win 58-47 and ensure all top-four trans-Tasman netball teams now sit on 14 points with three weeks of the regular season to go.
The Fever were playing their annual home game at Perth Arena and pulled in a crowd of 5079 for the clash with the Swifts, and for much of the first half looked to be on course to reward the fans with a win.
But after leading by a much as seven goals Fever let their advantage slip, the Swifts a goal the good by three quarter-time before dominating the fourth quarter 18-8.
The result sees the Swifts join the Melbourne Vixens, Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic and Queensland Firebirds on seven wins for the season.
NSW finish their season with home matches against the Adelaide Thunderbirds and Magic, and a trip away to play the Northern Mystics.
It was another competitive showing from the Fever, but it’s now a disappointing season that promised so much in coach Norma Plummer’s last year in charge.
West Coast have just three wins from 10 games with fixtures against the Vixens, Mystics and to finish.
Caitlin Bassett still scored 31 goals from 37 attempts for the Fever but her battle with Sharni Layton was worth the price of admission.
Nat Medhurst was solid for West Coast with 16 from 18.
At the other end, Caitlin Thwaites (33-of-42) and Susan Pratley (25-of-31) got the job done for the Swifts.
Swifts coach Rob Wright was delighted to come away from Perth with the win to move into third spot after being worried about the Fever lifting after the announcement Plummer was standing down.
“This is always such a tough place to come and I thought that Norma is a legend of the game and I thought her players would want to put on a show for her.
“They did come out fired up, but the two points were absolutely critical for us,” Wright said.
“It’s just so tight and you still don’t know who is going to be there.
“I thought Magic would beat Steel tonight so that turned out different to what I thought and now we are all on the same points.”
Plummer again saw her team not maintain their strong showing for four quarters, but she was especially happy with the performance of Bassett and Medhurst together.
“We just don’t maintain it for that length of time. I still think it’s a mental thing with them, truly I do,” Plummer said.
“That was the best they’ve played together, which is fantastic for Australia because they need those two working together.”