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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Ruthven

Cransberg "enjoying every single moment" on Fever's strong start

Emerging midcourter Jordan Cransberg says she’s embracing every moment she receives on the court during the West Coast Fever’s red-hot start to the season. 

After impressing the Fever enough in 2023, Cransberg was elevated from training partner and received a three-year contract starting in 2024.

In the two opening games against the GWS Giants and Sunshine Coast Lightning, Cransberg has played minutes in the midcourt, along with Alice Teague-Neeld, Kelsey Brown and Jess Anstiss. 

Speaking after their 25-goal win against the Lightning, Cransberg says being clear on her role is key for her in the first part of this season. 

“I think that role is to come on and impact if I need, even when I need to,” she told SportFM.

“I'm enjoying every single moment out there. I think if on the bench, if I can be as loud as I can to support the team. 

“When I get those opportunities on court, to embrace it and be confident and go out and show them what I can do,  which hopefully I can continue to do and those opportunities will come a little more. 

“(I’m) really just enjoying every single moment I get on court and off court because it's been a pretty amazing two weeks and have absolutely loved every second.“

The formidable Fever midcourt group conceded just three turnovers on the weekend, restricting the Lightning from scoring and cutting back the Fever’s winning margin.  

Jamaican internationals Jhaniele Fowler-Nembhard and Shanice Beckford worked hard in attack to put 81 goals on the board, with Fowler embracing the Super Shot more this year than ever. 

Fowler-Nembhard was highly accurate on the weekend, scoring 63 from her 65 shots and landing all three of her super shot attempts, while Beckford hit eight of her 11 scoring attempts. 

With an almost telepathic connection, Cransberg says the combination is ‘amazing’ to watch. 

“There was one play on the weekend that I don't think everyone on the bench just laughed at because it was so good,” she said.

“Shanice has really showed that she can take it to anyone at this level and she's been really amazing. 

“Her connection with Jhaniele has just made Jhaniele's life so much easier and now Jhaniele is dominating as well, so it's really, really special to watch.”  

This weekend, the Fever head to Victoria to play the Melbourne Mavericks at John Cain Arena. This is the first time the two teams will come head-to-head in the Suncorp Super Netball competition.

Despite not having much experience against them, Cransberg believes the Fever are in a good position ahead of the game on Saturday.

“They're very much a new-look team, don't have as much experience and know what to expect,” she said.

“We've watched a lot of footage and we played them during the preseason twice. That experience will put us in a good position I think, and then just refining a few things at training this week to make sure that we're the best prepared we can be.”



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