The Melbourne Vixens and Adelaide Thunderbirds will compete in an ANZ Championship sanctioned pre-season netball match in Shepparton on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March 2016.
Held in conjunction with the Greater Shepparton City Council, the match coincides with the AFL NAB Challenge and highlights the demand for sporting events in regional Victoria.
The Melbourne Vixens and Adelaide Thunderbirds last met on Sunday 22 March 2015 in Round 4 of the 2015 ANZ Championship. Despite a late fight-back from the Melbourne Vixens, the Adelaide Thunderbirds delivered an upset 47-45 win at Netball SA Stadium.
The Adelaide Thunderbirds have had an active off-season and welcome five new faces, including England captain Jade Clarke who has stepped in as a permanent replacement for expecting mum Renae Ingles.
The Melbourne Vixens and two of the Adelaide Thunderbirds athletes will be at the Shepparton Farmers market from 11.15am-12pm on Saturday 5 March.
Saturday 5 March
4.45pm - Victorian Men’s Team Open v Reserve
6.30pm - Round 1 Melbourne Vixens v Adelaide Thunderbirds
Sunday 6 March
12pm - Round 2 Melbourne Vixens v Adelaide Thunderbirds