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Colyer a bright light in forlorn Fever year
West Coast Fever midcourter Ingrid Colyer is excited to play at Perth Arena for the first time against the Swifts tonight. Picture: Nic Ellis/WA News

It would be hard to find a person more excited about tonight's clash between West Coast Fever and the NSW Swifts at Perth Arena than Ingrid Colyer.

The bubbly 20-year-old just missed out on being in the Fever side for their maiden ANZ Championship match at the state-of-the-art stadium last season, but will be a key player for the much-anticipated 2014 fixture.

Colyer impressed coach Norma Plummer in 2013, catching the eye coming off the bench in several games as a replacement player, but wasn't offered a contract for this season.

When vice-captain Ashleigh Brazill went down with a serious wrist injury, Plummer turned to Colyer to fill the void.

The exciting midcourter has provided a positive in another disappointing season for West Coast and was chosen to start at centre in last weekend's loss to the Adelaide Thunderbirds.

But she is unsure if she will receive a contract in 2015, especially with Plummer to leave the club at season's end.

"I'm just kind of taking it each game at a time and each training session and just putting out my best effort I can for the team," Colyer said.

"Norma has just picked me out on talent and really given me an opportunity to run with. She kind of just sees it how it is so it's been amazing for me to get the opportunity she has given me.

"I'm not really sure what is happening next season with the team but I will head into the Australian Netball League giving it my best shot so hopefully opportunities might arise.

"Having the court time behind me now does give me a lot more confidence to know that I'm capable of doing it."

Colyer stands at just 165cm and said she tried to make up for her lack of height by using her speed.

It has been a rapid rise, but she says that's a good thing.

"It has been fast but it kind of doesn't give me too much time to think about it so I think it has almost worked in a good way. I would be so happy (to be offered a Fever contract) and I guess it just gives me another goal to strive for," Colyer said.

West Coast have beaten the Swifts three times in 13 attempts and lost by nine goals to the Melbourne Vixens in the only previous appearance at the Arena.

The club is trying to break the ANZ Championship attendance record tonight, with Netball WA chief executive Simon Taylor confident they would at least exceed last year's crowd of 6500.

Colyer has her own contingent of family and friends travelling from her home town of Margaret River.

"Everyone from the country is coming up so it should be a good turnout from the family," she said. "I'm just really excited for the game and hopefully we have a good atmosphere to bring us home."

"Norma has just picked me out on talent and really given me an opportunity to run with." " *Ingrid Colyer *

The West Australian

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