Melbourne Vixens’ Kate Moloney and Tegan Philip have claimed the bronze medal with the Australian Fast5 team at the World Series on Sunday.
Playing in their hometown tournament, Moloney and Philip are no strangers to international netball, both taking the court for the Samsung Australian Diamonds earlier this year.
Captaining the team, Moloney had an impressive tournament, finishing with 18 goal assists – the third most in the competition, and 68 feeds – fourth in the competition.
Moloney also impressed off the goal ring, finishing number one in the series for pick-ups, with seven.
Following making her Diamonds debut last month, Moloney said it was great to be able to play in front of her home crowd.
“It’s a pretty special feeling,” said Moloney.
“It’s an honour to be able to play for Australia, but to be able to lead the Australian Fast5 team was amazing.”
“To be able to play in Melbourne in front of a home crowd is great and hopefully next year we can come back and get that gold.”
Philip finished the tournament with a total of 24 goals, however the modified version of the game meant she contributed a total of 55 points to Australia’s tally, the ninth highest individual score in the competition.
Philip also finished sixth for deflections, with seven for the tournament - the highest-ranked shooter.
Moloney said she was disappointed not to make the gold medal match, but proud of how the team performed in the final outing against New Zealand in the third v fourth playoff.
“I’m really proud of how the girls played that last game,” said Moloney.
“It’s been a bit of an up and down two days and we’ve had fun – we’ve had some wins, we’ve had some losses, but to come out and play the way we did in the final, I’m really proud of all the girls.