The Super Netball Commission has fined West Coast Fever $300,000 for major salary cap breaches in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
West Coast made the 2018 grand final and the 2020 decider, losing both matches, but the club now looks set for a long rebuild after getting sprung cheating.
An investigation found the Fever made payments of $127,954 above the cap in 2018 and were then $168,659 over the limit in 2019.
The salary cap was $500,00 in 2018 and then jumped slightly to $515,000 in 2019 before leaping to $750,000 in 2020.
Half of the $300,000 fine has been suspended for three years and the club will be stripped 12 premiership point (three wins) in the 2021 season.
The investigation found no evidence of players being aware of the breaches and “no current coaches” were involved in signing or organising payments through undisclosed contracts.
Commission Chair Marina Go said the record fine reflected the seriousness of the unprecedented breaches.
“The West Coast Fever have been given heavy penalties for the significant breaches of the club’s salary cap over the 2018 and 2019 seasons,” she said.
“There is no room for this behaviour within our sport and the commission is disappointed to have to hand down these sanctions.”