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WEDNESDAY MAY 15 2019 SPORT 51 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Bruce return unlikely WEST Coast Fever havent given up on reviving their ailing Super Netball finals hopes, but they may be forced to battle on without star skipper and goalkeeper Courtney Bruce for another week. The Fever started the season as one of the title favourites, but find themselves on bottom of the ladder after losses to Adelaide, Sunshine Coast, and NSW Swifts. At 0-3 and with only three bonus points to their name, Fever have little wiggle room in their bid to clamber back into the finals mix. They face a tough ask to turn their luck around this weekend against the Melbourne Vixens. Bruce hasnt played since injuring her elbow in Round 1, and is no guarantee to return against the Vixens at RAC Arena on Saturday.Grand final referee Shaun Evans Evans has GF whistle SHAUN Evans, the A-League referee of the year, will officiate in Sundays grand final between Perth Glory and Sydney FC. The 31-year-old full-time referee will take charge of his first A-League decider. The Victorian called the appointment a lifelong dream. Id like to thank my wife, Bree, for supporting my referee career and everyone along the way who has helped become a better match official, he said. Im confident that the referee team that has been appointed will help contribute to an entertaining match on Sunday. Evans most recent match was the elimination final between Melbourne Victory and Wellington, notable for the seven yellow cards he issued to Phoenix players, and none to Victory. Fever skipper Courtney Bruce Dynamic striker Sam Kerr will lead the Australian team at the World Cup Kerr will lead from front in World Cup STAR forward Sam Kerr will lead an experienced Australia squad at the Womens World Cup next month in France, where the Matildas are aiming to go beyond the quarter-finals for the first time. Kerr, who made her international debut at age 15 in 2009, has scored 31 goals in her 76 full international games and is the all-time leading scorer in the US National Womens Soccer League. She scored twice in the Chicago Red Stars 3-1 win over North Carolina at the weekend, ending the defending champion Courages 15-game unbeaten streak, and later told reporters she would see them after the World Cup with the trophy. Australian coach Ant Milicic announced a Matildas squad yesterday that has more than 1300 international caps. Lisa De Vanna, Clare Polkinghome and Lydia Williams have been chosen for a fourth World Cup and six players, including Kerr, are going to the biggest event in womens soccer for a third time. This is a special group of Australian footballers because, as a unit, they have accumulated a wealth of international experience despite the average age of the team being quite young, Milicic said. Having players who have appeared at multiple World Cups in our squad will help to guide the eight players travelling to their first. Kyah Simon, who has scored at the past two World Cups but has been struggling with a long-term ankle injury, and 17-year-old Kyra CooneyCross were included in an expanded 25-player squad for a Matildas camp in Turkey. They will be on standby in case of injuries to other players. Australia will play a warmup match against Netherlands on June 1 and then open their World Cup Group C campaign against Italy on June 9. The Australian women have been knocked out in the quarter-finals at the past three World Cups. Twice they were eliminated by the eventual tournament runners-up. Phoenixs Krishna is the king of A-League RAMPAGING Wellington forward Roy Krishna has been crowned the A-Leagues best player, pairing his golden boot with the Johnny Warren Medal. And for the first time, the Julie Dolan Medal has gone to a foreign W-League star, with Melbourne Victorys American midfielder Christine Nairn claiming the accolade. Australian footballs achievers were celebrated at the Dolan-Warren Awards on Monday night in Sydney. Krishna, who has played his entire career in New Zealand, is a worthy winner after scoring 18 goals to fire the Phoenix into the finals. The 31-year-old was emotional when accepting the award. This is for all the kids that have been dreaming, back on the island, he said. Growing up in rugby-mad Fiji, Krishna said he tried to give the national sport a go until his parents convinced him to swap codes. And here I am, he said. If you have the right peo ple around you that are honest with you, you can achieve everything. With 31 votes, he pipped midfielders Isaias, of Adelaide, and Perths Neil Kilkenny (29 votes) to win the competitions highest individual accolade. Glorys Diego Castro and Melbourne Victory marquee Keisuke Honda, who missed eight matches through injury, were a further vote back. The prize underlines the value of Krishna, who is off contract and will decide on his future by the end of the month. Wellington is very close to me ... it all comes down to my family and the decision Im going to make is going to be good for everyone, he said. His teammate Filip Kurto, also out of contract, was named goalkeeper of the year, while Glory pair Tony Popovic and Chris Ikonomidis were saluted as the leagues best coach and young player respectively. While Victory crashed out of the A-League championship race on Sunday, their womens team represented in style at the awards night. Nairn (21 votes) beat golden boot winner Sam Kerr (16 votes) to the prize after a series of virtuoso performances for Victory, helping them to an against-the- odds premiership. SQUAD Goalkeepers: Mackenzie Arnold, Teagan Micha, Lydia Williams. Defenders: Teigen Allen, Laura Alleway, Ellie Carpenter, Steph Catley, Alanna Kennedy, Clare Polkinghorne, Gema Simon. Midfielders: Katrina Gorry, Amy Harrison, Elise Kellond-Knight, Chloe Logarzo, Aivi Luik, Emily van Egmond, Tameka Yallop. Forwards: Lisa De Vanna, Caitlin Foord, Mary Fowler, Emily Gielnik, Sam Kerr, Hayley Raso.