The Melbourne Vixens will head north for their first away game of Suncorp Super Netball, taking on the Sunshine Coast Lightning on Sunday.
The Vixens will be looking to make it two-from-two for 2017, after a thrilling victory against Magpies Netball in Round 1. Whilst the Lightning are coming off a draw in their opening round against reigning national league premiers, the Queensland Firebirds.
The Lightning have a mass of international talent, including international representatives from Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa.
Vixens Captain, Kate Moloney will be gripped in a tough battle against Lightning midcourter, Laura Langman, whilst the match-up of Mwai Kumwenda and Geva Mentor will prove to be an entertaining one.
The Vixens will again come-up against former teammates, with the Lightning Captain, Mentor, and midcourter, Kelsey Browne, both on the Vixens list in 2016.
Mentor, who was vice-captain at the Vixens last year, left the club at the end of the season to join the newly-formed Lightning, and was named Captain, the first international import to have the title.
Vixens defender, Emily Mannix, said she was excited to start in her first full national league match last Saturday, with the departure of Mentor paving the way for the young defender.
“It was fantastic because I was able to get out there and obviously start off the game and just play all that we had been practicing at training, and working on for the past few years at the Vixens. And putt into action everything I have learnt,” Mannix said.
Mannix had a tough opening round of the competition, taking on Australian Diamonds shooter, Caitlin Thwaites, however impressed with some brilliant plays, finishing with three gains, two intercepts and four deflections.
This week she will have another challenging task – restricting prolific Diamonds shooter, Caitlin Bassett.
“I’ve never played on Caitlin [Bassett] before, other than a couple of practice matches, and she’s obviously another tall player, so I’ll definitely have to work on that at training,” Mannix said.
“I think [the key is] just being deceptive and moving and not getting stuck on the body and making the feeder doubt where they’re going to put the ball.”
The game will be broadcast live on Telstra TV on Sunday 26 February from 1:00pm AEDT.