Jessica Anstiss Returns to Her Home Ground

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West Coast Fever young gun Jessica Anstiss received an excited welcome when she returned to her home ground recently.

The netball college’s 250 seat stadium was filled with netball coaches and students from various years who watched Anstiss prepare for the 2018 Suncorp Super Netball League season with her teammates.

The 21-year-old attended the college from 2009 to 2013 and used the stadium and its facilities since it opened in 2011.

Anstiss said it was great to be able to train at the stadium with her Fever teammates.

“It is good to be back here in my home environment,” she said.  “It doesn’t feel any different training here with Fever but I am loving playing at home again.”

West Coast Fever head coach Stacey Marinkovich agreed it was great to be involved in the community and with the college netball program.  “The school supports netball so well,” she said.  “It is fantastic to be out here and to use an elite high-performance facility to train on.  “The floor is good for the girls and the stadium is air conditioned which allowed the girls to train really hard.”

Hosting the preseason training session allowed coaches and students to understand the skill and intensity of West Coast Fever training.

In June, Anstiss was awarded with Most Valuable Player at the Fever’s awards night which capped off a stellar first season.

A month later, Anstiss travelled to Botswana for the Under 21 World Youth Cup where she brought home a silver medal.

Anstiss said she has learnt a lot of lessons along the way.  “I am looking to improve on my performances this season,” she said.

Netball Program Head Coach Samantha McShane said she was proud to see Jessica Anstiss train at the stadium.  “Watching her train here at school reminded me of how young she was when she started,” she said.  “I’m proud of her achievements and how she has made the most of her opportunities.”

McShane hoped the students realised the similarities between West Coast Fever and their own netball status.  “Hard work pays off,” she said.

 Written by Amy Delcaro
Former student currently studying journalism

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