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Geraldton’s Emma Cosh ready after toughing out road to Super Netball grand final

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Emma Cosh of the Fever passes the ball during the Super Netball Semi Final match between Melbourne Vixens and West Coast Fever at John Cain Arena, on June 18, 2022, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)
Camera IconMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Emma Cosh of the Fever passes the ball during the Super Netball Semi Final match between Melbourne Vixens and West Coast Fever at John Cain Arena, on June 18, 2022, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images) Credit: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

Just over two years ago Emma Cosh took leave without pay to go across the country with the Fever as a training partner, now she sits on the cusp of premiership glory as she lines up for the Suncorp Super Netball grand final on Sunday.

Cosh was born in Geraldton and started her netball career playing for the Falcons but never thought she would end up at the Fever.

“Growing up I always wanted to achieve the best I could and take the opportunities before me,” she said.

“Luckily it was good enough to see me get into representative teams and I moved to Perth to play for East Fremantle and eventually the Fever.”

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Cosh’s start to her playing career could not have been more difficult as she went away from Perth for over three months as the entire league was moved to the Queensland hub.

“There were certainly moments early on where I was questioning my decision and it was a bit scary,” she said.

Despite this, injury saw Cosh promoted to the starting roster and she helped them all the way to the final before a heart-breaking two point loss to the Vixens was followed by a decision to deduct 12 points for the upcoming 2021 season due to salary cap breaches.

“It was an extremely difficult year both personally and as a group but we had no choice but just to get on with in,” Cosh said.

“Staying in the hub the previous year helped us build a lot of resilience and become close as a group and this really helped us push through.”

Cosh credits her country roots with helping to build her character.

“I was certainly privileged to have a lot of great coaches particularly during my time at the Midwest Tigers,” she said.

“There were a few times when I didn’t make State teams and the support network I had up there helped me to improve and overcome those disappointments.”

“It has definitely contributed to the way I go about my netball and got me to where I am now,” she said.

Cosh believes the team has grown from their loss two years ago and can go one better this time.

“We’re excited to be playing at home and we probably played our best game of the season in the semi, if we can continue from that we can certainly do it.”

The Fever will face the Vixens in the grand final at 5pm on Sunday at RAC arena.

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