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Round 8: Vixens vs GIANTS

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🦊 Round 8: Vixens vs GIANTS Match Day Guide

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The Vixens hit the road for their first interstate match of the season.

THE MATCH

GIANTS Netball vs Melbourne Vixens
Sunday 28 April, 4pm AEST
Ken Rosewall Arena | Wangal Land

THE TEAM

Kiera Austin
Kate Eddy
Rudi Ellis
Sophie Garbin
Lily Graham
Emily Mannix (VC)
Kate Moloney (C)
Hannah Mundy
Zara Walters
Jo Weston

HOW TO WATCH

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LAST TIME THEY MET

Round 14, 2023
GIANTS (60) defeated Vixens (57) at Ken Rosewall Arena

WHAT TO EXPECT

The Vixens will travel for the first time this season, with the GIANTS awaiting at Ken Rosewall Arena.

Never a matchup for the faint-hearted, there will be plenty of fight in this one with the Vixens currently undefeated and looking to keep their winning streak alive, while the GIANTS are yet to record a win and will be hunting the 4 points.

After two weeks sidelined with a quad injury, midcourter Hannah Mundy will make her return to the side, marking her first game for the season. Vixen #64 Zara Walters has slotted right in, filling the void of Mundy in recent weeks, impressing in the first two games of her national league career. The young duo, alongside Moloney and with Kate Eddy to support, is a coach’s dream – plenty of options for Simone McKinnis to throw out on court and keep the GIANTS on their toes.

Last week’s win over reigning champions, the Adelaide Thunderbirds, saw the return of Jo Weston. With a game now under her belt for 2024, there’s no doubt Weston will pick up where she left off, using her physicality to make life hard for the GIANTS' super shot specialists.

ONE TO WATCH

With tight matchups at either end of the court, the centre third is where the game will be won. Kate Moloney with her intensity and speed will line up against the strength and leap of GIANTS midcourter Jamie-Lee Price.

The two have been neck and neck for a spot in the Diamonds’ squad over the years, so is it their similarities or differences that will get their respective team over the line? Ultimately there’s nothing that can match Moloney’s desire for her side to win, and that heart could be the difference.

THE NUMBER

188 – not even a millimetre separates Emily Mannix and Jo Harten who will (literally) face off in the GIANTS’ goal circle this week. The opponents stand tall at 188cm, a height and reach usually used to their own advantage.

After two rounds, Mannix tops the league and has managed five rebounds for the season, while Harten has four of her own; Mannix’s form with seven gains may mean she takes the chocolates.

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