West Coast Fever captain Courtney Bruce is set to return from injury to face Collingwood Magpies this Saturday.
Bruce has sat on the sideline since bruising her elbow in a fall during the opening quarter of Fever’s round one loss against the Adelaide Thunderbirds.
The defender’s presence has been missed on the court, during a series of games which saw the Fever concede a league-record 80 goals in round two and remain without a victory going into round five.
Bruce said facing the Magpies made them all the more determined to win.
“To be honest, no one likes Collingwood; I think it’s the same as football, we hate them,” she said.
The 25-year old passed her fitness test yesterday and confirmed she was cleared to play on the weekend.
“They wouldn’t have cleared me if I couldn’t have played a full game,” she said.
“It is feeling really, really good. I’ll have it strapped but I’m ready to go for Saturday.”
Bruce says it has been tough captaining from the sideline, but she is proud of the way the team has progressed and is ready to bring her energy back to the court.
“It’s definitely been tough and challenged my leadership in a new way,” she said.
“I’m really proud of how the girls have handled the last couple of weeks and made improvements.”
Head coach Stacey Marinkovich said the club’s defensive intensity had been missing and Courtney’s return would bring a lot of energy back to the group.
“To have Courtney be able to come in the back and add her element to the game, I think it brings a lot of confidence to the group,” she said.
“She’s jumping at the bit to just get out there and have a good crack.”
West Coast Fever travel to Bendigo to face the Collingwood Magpies on Saturday, May 25 at 3pm AWST.