West Coast Fever fined, lose 12 premiership points over salary cap breach

The West Coast Fever netball club has been fined $300,000 and will lose 12 competition points for next season, after breaching the salary cap across the 2018 and 2019 super netball season.

The club breached the Total Player Payment in 2018 by $127,954 – or 19.7 per cent of the cap – and $168,659 in 2019 – 25.3 per cent of the cap.

The Fever made the grand final in 2018 but lost, before missing out on the finals altogether in 2019. The WA side played in the grand final in the 2020 Super Netball competition but was beaten by the Melbourne Vixens.

The investigation found no evidence that any current West Coast Fever players or coaching staff, including new Diamonds coach Stacey Marinkovich, were aware of the breaches.

Super Netball Commission chair Marina Go said the breaches were significant.

“There is no room for this behaviour within our sport and the Commission is disappointed to have to hand down these sanctions," she said.

"We obviously hope it never happens again…this is a very disappointing day for the league."

In October, Netball WA chief executive and West Coast Fever managing director Simon Taylor resigned but is not believed to be involved in the breach.

West Coast Fever acting chief executive Garry Chandler said the club had meetings with players and staff on Monday morning.

"Compliance is a whole of club responsibility and as a club, we take full responsibility," he said.

"It's a very dark day for the club, everybody involved in and around the club is completely devastated.

"We will be united through this and everyone at the club is committed to helping to restore the faith of our fans and members and on making sure we give everything in season 2021."

Earlier this year, the Adelaide Thunderbirds were fined $100,000 for breaching the salary cap during the 2019 Super Netball season.

The probe confirmed the Thunderbirds had exceeded their total player payments by $22,698 for the 2019 season.

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