Colyer keen for some Sting success

_MCA3790LiWestern Sting are determined to record their best ever Australian Netball League finish when they step out on court in this weekend’s finals in Melbourne.

Sting take on Southern Force in the second semi-final at Waverley Netball Centre on Saturday night with the winner advancing to Sunday’s Grand Final.

The other semi-final is between defending champions Vic Fury and QLD Fusion. The two winners will face off on Sunday afternoon for the title.

Sting has never qualified for the Grand Final, having finished third three times in the past four seasons and talented midcourter Ingrid Colyer, pictured left, said the playing group are determined to make 2015 an historic one for the WA team.

Sting lost to Force by seven goals in Round 4 at Hobart but Colyer said they showed for most of that match they could match it with the top teams.

“Both South Australia (Force) and Victoria were games that we didn’t perform at our best so we definitely know that we’ve got more to give,” Colyer said.

“Having the bye last week has given us a chance to prepare and we’re ready to go.

“It was just finishing off for us (against Force) and simple errors, so that’s easy to fix. We’ve looked at the game and what we need to do to get the win this time around.

“It will be about making sure we start strong and keep up the intensity for four quarters. It will be a team effort; we all just have to work hard and everyone steps up.”

IMG_6056Colyer is one of several Sting players returning from last year’s finals campaign. Others include defender Courtney Bruce, shooter Kaylia Stanton, midcourter Numi Tupaea while they’ve been boosted this season by the inclusion of the experienced Andrea Gilmore.

Colyer has recently re-signed with West Coast Fever for the 2016 ANZ Championship season and, while the start of pre-season training may be months away, the 21-year-old is already looking ahead to next year.

“I’m just enjoying being in the elite environment we’ve got at Fever and being able to learn from everyone in the team,” Colyer said.

“It’s such a great opportunity for me to develop my netball career.”

Keep up-to-date with the scores from the weekend’s finals via Netball Australia’s Twitter @NetballAust or click here to get the full results.