This weekend is more than just a game for the Melbourne Vixens, being the first cross-town clash with Melbourne rivals, the Collingwood Magpies, as well as partnering with FightMND to help tackle the ‘Beast’.
Following an inspirational speech from Bec Daniher, daughter of football legend and MND fighter, Neale Daniher, at training this week, defender Jo Weston says the team is setting themselves up for an almighty game, inspired by the messages from the Danihers.
“It was really great to hear, firsthand from Bec and how the disease has affected her family.
“Neale has shown that fighting spirit and we’re really happy to be supporting something which is going towards finding, hopefully, a cure and clinical trials,” Weston said.
The Vixens are coming off a positive week after defeating a consistently strong Sunshine Coast Lightning and will look to up their record against the Magpies to 5-0.
“The Magpies had some good wins, and they’re also coming off a pretty large loss from the Swifts last weekend, so we think they’ll be coming out strong against us. They’ve got such a star-studded line up, so it’s going to be a tough battle out on court.”
Hoping to cement their top four spot, Weston suggests there is plenty to take from their game last weekend.
“Coming off the game against the Sunshine Coast Lightning, our defensive pressure across the court was phenomenal and that’s probably something we’ll look at implementing against the Magpies.”
“They have a pretty strong target in Shimona at the back in GS, so as our defensive unit out the front of either Emily or KD, we want to be putting the players under the pump as much as possible and hopefully turning ball over that way.”
The Vixens’ game at 12pm will precede the AFL’s Queens’s Birthday clash where former Vixens’ defender, Bianca Chatfield will partake down the slide in the Big Freeze 5.
The FightMND beanies have sold out online but will be available to purchase at the Vixens game, while plenty of activities will be happening in The Den to raise awareness and funds for such a worthy cause.
The Victorian Fury will follow the Vixens at 2.30pm, taking on the Tasmanian Magpies.