Plummer to leave the Fever
Plummer to leave the Fever

Norma Plummer will step down as West Coast Fever coach at the end of the season.

The legendary former Australian Diamonds coach made the decision during talks with Netball WA management today in the wake of the Fever’s disappointing seven-goal loss to the Adelaide Thunderbirds on Saturday.

The defeat ended West Coast’s hopes of making the ANZ Championship finals for the first time.

Plummer took control of the struggling franchise in 2012, after finishing up as national coach.

Last season she led the Fever to their equal best result in six seasons in the competition with five wins.

Fever were expected to be the big improvers this season after Plummer lured star goal attack Nat Medhurst and Chelsea Pitman from the Queensland Firebirds.

But after nine rounds, the WA club has a dismal 3-6 record and sits second last on the ladder.

Captain Medhurst and star goal shooter Caitlin Bassett are both in Canberra for Diamonds camp ahead of the Commonwealth Games team announcement on Wednesday.

Medhurst is in danger of missing selection after struggling to produce her best at her new club this season in what would be a further blow to WA Netball.

The club confirmed Plummer would see out the remaining four games but the announcement comes at the worst possible time with their Perth Arena clash with the NSW Swifts looming next Monday night.

The Fever are hoping to break the ANZ Championship attendance record against the Swifts but that now appears unlikely.

The West Australian

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