West Coast Fever to hit Mandurah for pre-season game against Melbourne

The West Coast Fever will prepare for their upcoming Suncorp Super Netball season in Mandurah when they welcome the Melbourne Vixens to town for a pre-season clash on Saturday, April 13.

Fresh off the back of the club's first ever grand final appearance in 2018, the Fever will hit the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre for the second straight year as they prepare for the new campaign.

Last year saw a sold-out crowd pack the centre as WA's premier netball team swept the Queensland Firebirds, and the home crowd will be looking for a similar result this time around.

The clash will be one of two pre-season hit outs against Melbourne, with the remainder to played at the State Netball Centre in Perth.

The Fever's supporters and aspiring young netballers in Mandurah will also be rewarded with a community clinic and open training session ahead of the clash with the Vixens.

The Fever took on Queensland during last year's pre-season in Mandurah. Photo: Carla Hildebrandt.

The Fever took on Queensland during last year's pre-season in Mandurah. Photo: Carla Hildebrandt.

Head coach Stacey Marinkovich said the side was excited to be bringing their pre-season back to Mandurah, after the 2018 installment proved a "great success" for the side.

"The community here really embraced us last year and showed their support, so we're thrilled to be back here and preparing for the new season," she said.

"Last year our pre-season was a great success, and it really launched us into our club's best ever season, so we're certainly hoping for similar outcomes this time around."

Marinkovich also touched on the importance of growing the game from a grassroots level.

"For us, it's all about getting our players and our team out into communities like Mandurah, where there are hundreds of young girls hoping to play for the Fever one day," she said.

"If those girls can see how far they can go with the sport and that helps keep them involved in netball, that's a huge plus."

City of Mandurah councilor Darren Lee said welcoming the Fever to town for a second straight year was a significant achievement for the city.

"It's very exciting. Last year tickets were sold out within 23 minutes, so to have the Fever back is great for our town," he said.

"Not only does it continue to grow the sport of netball in Mandurah but it helps engage our community."

The match is also made possible by the state government's Country Sport Enrichment Scheme run through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Tickets to the Mandurah game will be on sale on Monday, March 25.

For more information visit westcoastfever.com.au