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Melbourne Vixens vs NSW Swifts
Sunday 28 May, 2pm AEST
John Cain Arena | Wurundjeri Country
HOW TO WATCH
LAST TIME THEY MET
Round 6, 2023
Swifts (67) defeated Vixens (66) at Ken Rosewall Arena
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Vixens endured a tough loss on the road the last time these two sides met, going down by a single goal in front of the NSW Swifts’ home crowd.
Expect a fast-paced re-match in First Nations Round as both teams utilise their speed in the midcourt to find smooth transitions and hit circle edge.
Swifts centre Maddy Proud has proved she’s a force to be reckoned with this season; the Diamonds midcourter amassed 25 goal assists and 32 feeds her last clash with the Vixens. Kate Moloney and Kate Eddy will be looking to disrupt her connection with the Swifts goalers and limit her impact around circle edge.
With an impeccable record at home this season, the Vixens will be looking to snag another win at John Cain Arena and retain the Sargeant-McKinnis Cup. But with the Swifts coming off a six-game winning streak themselves, they’ll offer a tough challenge for the home side across every position.
ONE TO WATCH
Emily Mannix is in outstanding form, racking up an astonishing 120.5 Nissan Net Points last week against the Thunderbirds. With eight intercepts and six deflections, her footwork and ability to read the play was exceptional; something she’ll be hoping to replicate as the Vixens look to nullify the impact of Romelda Aiken-George under the post.
56: The Vixens’ defence will be on high alert as they work to limit the influence of Swifts goal attack Helen Housby, who currently leads the competition in super shots with 56. With Liv Lewis and Emily Mannix both in form and Kate Eddy’s impressive cameo in goal defence last week, the Vixens have shown they have the depth of talent to execute any defensive strategy.
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