This weekend the Vixens cross the Murray to take on the NSW Swifts in the first match of this year’s Sargeant-McKinnis Cup.
NSW Swifts vs Melbourne Vixens
Saturday 22 April, 7pm AEST
Ken Rosewall Arena | Gadigal People of the Eora Nation
HOW TO WATCH
LAST TIME THEY MET
Round 11, 2022
Vixens (59) defeated Swifts (53) at John Cain Arena
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Vixens continue their stint on the road, this time crossing the border into New South Wales to take on the Swifts who have quietly been making their way up the SSN ladder, now sitting in the top four just behind the third-placed Vixens.
It was a battle of the midcourt last time these two sides clashed at John Cain Arena, with Kate Moloney and Maddy Proud scoring the highest number of Nissan NetPoints for their respective sides. In a see-sawing affair, it was the Vixens who came out on top to reclaim the Sargeant-McKinnis Cup and with bragging rights on the line once again, expect a tough battle across all seven positions on court.
As the new partnership between Helen Housby and Romelda Aiken-George continues to build, our defensive unit will need to draw on their smarts to disrupt their flow and rely on a full-court effort to put pressure on the feed from Diamonds Proud and Paige Hadley.
ONE TO WATCH
Kate Eddy proved invaluable in our most recent clash against the Swifts, picking up some crucial intercepts off the centre pass. The former Swift has had significant impacts on several matches this season, and with the game set to be fiery through the midcourt, her ability to read the play and make seemingly impossible deflections and pick-ups will be an important feather in our defensive cap.
102: Liz Watson is once again proving to be the queen of circle edge, her total goal assists climbing into three digits last week. With an outstanding 41 feeds and 28 goal assists to her name last time we took on the Swifts, she’ll be looking to replicate that MVP performance.
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