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Presented by SIXT Australia

THE MATCH

Melbourne Vixens vs Adelaide Thunderbirds

Saturday 23 April, 7pm AEST

John Cain Arena | Wurundjeri Country

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HOW TO WATCH

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

LAST TIME THEY MET

Round 13, 2021

Thunderbirds (59) defeated Vixens (50) at Nissan Arena

THE NEWS

Co-captain Kate Moloney will miss this week's game due to health and safety protocols, prompting the elevation of exciting and versatile midcourter Jordan Cransberg.

A Victorian pathway product who came through the Vixens Academy, Jordan has been a squad member since 2020. We loved having her out on court in Traralgon in the pre-season against Thunderbirds, and are eager to see her wearing the navy blue once again.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Coming off our first loss of the season, expect the Vixens to come out with renewed purpose and intensity in front of our home crowd.

Since facing off in the pre-season in Traralgon, we have welcomed the return of Kiera Austin who has added another element to our potent front end alongside Rahni Samason and Mwai Kumwenda.

Recently announced Diamond, Jo Weston has been in hot form and will need to be on her game to combat youngsters Tippah Dwan and Georgie Horjus, while Emily Mannix and Olivia Lewis may be called on for the task of shutting down South African sharp shooter Lenize Potgieter.

Hannah Mundy injected some speed and strength into the midcourt last week and will be hoping to maintain that energy this round.

Adelaide also has a number of midcourters to choose from with Hannah Petty, Maisie Nankivell and former Vixens training partner Elle McDonald all strong options to combat our centre court.

ONE TO WATCH

The aerial contest between Kumwenda and Shamera Sterling is set to be a thriller. MJ was rock solid under the post once again last week with her accuracy and composure coming to the fore, while Sterling is not afraid to go out hunting for the long cross court ball.

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