Vixens out for five wins in a row

1 year ago

The Melbourne Vixens will look to continue their outstanding form in the 2017 Suncorp Super Netball season as they take-on the Adelaide Thunderbirds in Round 8 action.

The Thunderbirds are the only team in the competition that the Vixens are yet to play.

This season the Vixens have already recorded wins against Magpies Netball, West Coast Fever, Queensland Firebirds and GIANTS Netball, and currently sit third on the ladder. The Thunderbirds sit in eighth-spot with one win.

Melbourne Vixens Wing Defence, Chloe Watson, said she cannot believe we have already reached the halfway point of the season.

“I actually cannot believe we are halfway,” Watson said.

“It is exciting because there is so much more we can improve on and more we can do, and I think the second half of the season will be even better than the first.”

The Vixens are coming-off a win on the weekend, their second for the year against cross-town rivals, Magpies Netball, whilst the Adelaide Thunderbirds went down to the West Coast Fever by 17.

Watson said it is important to celebrate the win, but continue to be focussed on the next game.

“We are pretty happy to have a win like that, but we are also mindful of celebrating and then quickly turning our focus to the next game.”

The Vixens shooting line-up of Tegan Philip and Mwai Kumwenda is equally the most accurate in the league alongside the NSW Swifts, at 87% for the season. The Vixens shooting duo have also scored more goals than any other team in the league.

However, they will have tough competition against the Thunderbirds, with defensive duo Ama Agbeze and Fiona Themann leading the league in deflections and defensive rebounds.

Watson said they are expecting the Thunderbirds to come out firing.

“We know they have 10 players who can come out on court and do the job, and they also have the strong Adelaide crowd behind them.

“It is important that we continue to do the things we do well and convert on turnover ball,” Watson said.

The two teams last played in Round 9 2016, where the Vixens were six-goal winners, 57–51.

The Vixens lead the head-to-heads for the teams, winning 14 of their 21 meetings since 2008, including both games in 2016.

It will be a milestone game for Vixens’ Vice-Captain, Liz Watson, who is set to play her 50th national league game on Saturday.

Watson has had a standout season, leading the competition for goal assists, being named in the Suncorp Super Team of the Week three times, and being named match MVP in two games.

The match will take place on Saturday 8 April at Priceline Stadium, Adelaide.

Live on 9Gem, beginning at 8.45pm AEST, Saturday 8 April.

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