Melbourne Vixens will hit the road again this week, travelling to Sydney to take on the NSW Swifts at Ken Rosewall Arena, on the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, in the first game of the Sargeant-McKinnis Cup.
The two clubs have a rich history dating back over 25 years, and the Vixens will be keen to get their hands back on the Cup after the Swifts took the title in 2021.
With two new debutants in Kiera Austin and Olivia Lewis making a splash last round, the Vixens are hoping to step up their game even further and solidify their connections across court.
Versatility will once again be key for the Vixens with the likes of Austin, Mwai Kumwenda and Rahni Samason all proving to be influential shooters. Samason managed 100% accuracy with 15 goals against the Firebirds last week, while Kumwenda claimed the Round 1 MVP for her performance.
Unfortunately the Swifts will be without star goal shooter Sam Wallace after she suffered an ACL injury in their opening round clash, meaning defenders Jo Weston, Emily Mannix and Lewis will have to compete with a new look frontend.
With no Wallace, expect English international Helen Housby to lead from the front in the goal circle with Weston likely to be hot on her tail. The Vixens will also be keeping a watchful eye on youngster Sophie Fawns who has been elevated to the squad as Wallace’s replacement.
Former Vixen, Allie Smith will be eager to make an impression against her old side with the championship player proving to be a real energiser bunny.
The midcourt will host plenty of exciting battles with Kate Moloney and Maddy Proud likely to match up on one another in the centre, while Paige Hadley and Liz Watson are likely to have those wing attack spots on lock for their respective sides.
Vixens fans can tune in to the Saturday night match live on Fox Netball or stream it live on Kayo from 5pm AEDT.