Fever eye netball title with Lightning win

Jhaniele Fowler (r) has been electric for the Fever against the Lightning this Super Netball season.
Jhaniele Fowler (r) has been electric for the Fever against the Lightning this Super Netball season.

West Coast will head into their Super Netball preliminary final on Sunday high in confidence after piling on the points in their two previous matches against Sunshine Coast this season.

The Fever have won both games by a combined margin of 44 points, with Jhaniele Fowler racking up an incredible 112 points in those victories.

Fever captain Courtney Bruce says the manner of the wins over Lightning gives her team belief they can secure a grand-final berth against the waiting Melbourne Vixens.

"Obviously we've got that element of confidence and belief as we've done it twice before, so we should be able to do it again," Bruce told AAP.

"But finals is a whole other kettle of fish, so as much as we have the confidence and belief we can get over the Lightning, it's going to be a tough battle.

"They're not going to want to go out, especially after the loss that they had to the Vixens, so we expect them to come out firing."

Minor premiers Melbourne moved into the title decider with a 63-47 major semi-final win over the two-time champion Lightning, who paid the price for another slow start.

The Fever eliminated champions NSW in the minor semi-final to set up Sunday's showdown.

But Bruce expects the Sunny Coast side to bounce back from their disappointment against the Vixens.

"They've played finals so many times they know what to do and how to win and it's a home game at Sunshine Coast Stadium for them. Having the crowd there is going to help them get over the line," Bruce said.

As well as Fowler's record against the Lightning, the evergreen Jamaica international slotted a stunning 55 goals from 55 attempts.

Diamonds defender Bruce said Fowler had been a powerhouse for the team.

"Jhaniele has been so consistent - I always say I'm very grateful she's on our team and I don't have to match up against her.

"She's added new elements to her game and is really mixing it up and I know she's wanting to carry that form into this weekend and hopefully the next."

Australian Associated Press