In a redemption round, the Melbourne Vixens will come face-to-face with friendly rivals the NSW Swifts in Round Seven of the ANZ Championship at Hisense Arena on Sunday.
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Previously playing each other earlier this year in Round One of the season, the Vixens went down 42-57 to the Swifts on their home turf.
Back on a familiar court with a home crowd advantage, the Vixens will be looking to steal back the Swifts previous victory in what will be their last clash before finals.
After returning from injury against the Mainland Tactix in Christchurch on Monday, experienced goaler Karyn Bailey was crowned the Vixens’ all-time leading goal scorer with 1505 goals. Speaking about their upcoming clash against the Swifts on Sunday, she said, “We look forward to playing the Swifts again. As we saw in Round One of the season, they are very physical and we didn’t manage to get the result that we wanted. We’ll be making sure that once we hit the court on Sunday we are ready to go, and hopefully we won’t have the same result again.”
Showcasing similar playing styles, it will be hard to separate the two teams when they line-up against each other on the court. With the Swifts featuring two Victorian players at their post-ends - Sharni Layton and Caitlin Thwaites - the Vixens will be looking to shut them down early on as they’re two crucial players for the Swifts.
All eyes will be on Madi Robinson [Vixens] and Laura Langman [Swifts] when they come together in the mid-court. Arguably the best WA in the world against the fittest Centre court in the world, both athletes are key players in their teams’ armour and neither leave a ball uncontested.
After both unveiled two rookie athletes in Round One - Alice-Teague Neeld [Vixens] and Maddie Turner [Swifts] - it will be exciting to see who gets the upper hand now that both athletes have court time under the belts.
Last competitive meeting: Rd 1, 2016: Melbourne Vixens lost 42-57 to the NSW Swifts.
- Should the Swifts win, they will retain the Sargeant-McKinnis Cup. The Vixens must beat the Swifts by 16-goals to claim the Cup.
- The Swifts have won the last four meetings between the sides.
- The Vixens and Swifts have met in Melbourne on eight previous occasions and the Swifts hold a commanding seven wins, one loss record.
- The Vixens have the fifth best attacking record after six rounds with 54.8 goals while they have the second best defensive record with just 48.2 goals per match.
Fixtures and results
Sunday 3 April: Vixens v Swifts, Sydney, NSW (42-57 Swifts)
Sunday 10 April: Vixens v Thunderbirds, Adelaide, SA (59-44 Vixens)
Saturday 16 April: Vixens v Firebirds, Melbourne, VIC (47-58 Firebirds)
Sunday 1 May: Vixens v Magic, Melbourne, VIC (57-34 Vixens)
Monday 9 May: Vixens v Tactix, Christchurch, NZL (69-48 Vixens)
Sunday 15 May: Vixens v Swifts, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21 May: Vixens v Fever, Perth, WA
Saturday 28 May: Vixens v Thunderbirds, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4 June: Vixens v Firebirds, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 12 June: Vixens v Mystics, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19 June: Vixens v Fever, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 25 June: Vixens v Steel, Invercargill, NZL
Monday 4 July: Vixens v Pulse, Wellington, NZL