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Dream debut

Verity Simmons during the ANL in 2011. Simmons had a massive game for the West Coast Fever in their win on the weekend.
Verity Simmons during the ANL in 2011. Simmons had a massive game for the West Coast Fever in their win on the weekend. David Callow

IT'S not often a player receives glowing comments from Norma Plummer; after all, the netball coaching legend is a tough taskmaster.

But for Grafton's former darling of the court Verity Simmons, her impressive debut for the West Coast Fever last weekend had the Fever coach in raptures.

"Verity came on and made an immediate impact," Plummer said.

"She made some incredible feeds and her passing was very slick."

Signed by the Fever this season, Simmons helped guide her team to a resounding 55-25 victory over New Zealand side the Canterbury Tactix in round one of the ANZ Championships

"It was good to finally get out on the court and I'm over the moon Norma said some nice things about me," Simmons said.

"She doesn't usually make comments like that to players so I'm pretty stoked."

It was a dream come true for Simmons, who told the Examiner on Tuesday the experience of playing at the top level was an awesome experience.

"I was a bit nervous at first but I didn't find the pace of the game too hectic. The crowd support was awesome; they were nice and loud," she said.

"Every time we got the ball or made an intercept they started cheering. There was plenty of good vibes at the Stadium."

Apart from having the luxury of being mentored by the former Australian netball coach, Simmons knew she had finally made the big time playing alongside former NSW Swifts and now West Coast Fever captain Catherine Cox

"She's one of the best to ever play the game. Playing alongside her and with the Fever is a dream come true," Simmons admitted.

"I've been training hard and it's an amazing feeling playing for Perth; it's just starting to sink in now."

Simmons added she has received plenty of support from back home, especially after the Fever versus Tactix game was televised on Monday night.

"I've received so many messages from friends and the Grafton netball community," she said. "The game was televised pretty late and they stayed up and watched it, God love them."

Topics:  netball west coast fever



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