Match Preview | SSN Round 12

R12 Preview
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This Sunday the Vixens travel up the east coast to Queensland to take on the Firebirds at Nissan Arena on Turrbal, Jagera and Yugara country.

THE MATCH

Queensland Firebirds vs Melbourne Vixens
Sunday 4 June, 4pm AEST
Nissan Arena | Turrbal, Jagera and Yugara country

HOW TO WATCH

Can’t make it to the game? Tune in live on Foxtel and free on Kayo Sports Freebies (Australia), Spark Sport (New Zealand) or NetballAustralia.TV (everywhere else).

LAST TIME THEY MET

Round 7, 2023

Vixens (72) defeated Firebirds (60) at John Cain Arena

WHAT TO EXPECT

The Vixens are looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to the Swifts and claim their second win on the road as we begin the run home.

Liz Watson amassed 113 Nissan Net Points in her Round 7 performance against the Firebirds, which included 33 goal assists and 49 feeds. Expect her to lead a fierce battle through the midcourt, while the defensive duo of Jo Weston and Emily Mannix look to keep Firebirds goal shooter Donnell Wallam quiet.

The Diamonds goaler will be on a high after scoring her 1000th goal in Super Netball last week against the GIANTS. Coach Simone McKinnis is spoiled for choice to combat Wallam; with a shining cameo last week, the in-form Liv Lewis could also be called upon to use her reach and elevation to interrupt the home side’s connections as she did the last time they met.

ONE TO WATCH

MJ Kumwenda shone in her last match against the Firebirds, scoring 45 of the Vixens’ 72 goals, including two super shots. With three offensive rebounds and three goal assists, she was able to outmuscle Firebirds goal keeper Remi Kamo under the post and support Kiera Austin out the front, resulting in a well-rounded performance she’ll be hoping to replicate this week against an in-form defensive duo of Kamo and Ruby Bakewell-Doran.

THE NUMBER

45: The Vixens have shown their ability to turn a match on its head, scoring 45 goals in the second half to storm home the last time they faced the Firebirds. After leaving their run too late against the Swifts, they’ll be looking to maintain that same level of intensity, energy and defensive pressure throughout the full 60 minutes this weekend.

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