The Melbourne Vixens have scored a mammoth 75 goals in their victory over the Adelaide Thunderbirds in Round 8 of Suncorp Super Netball.
Despite Adelaide playing one of their best games of the season, the Vixens first and fourth quarters set them up for a huge win.
The Vixens recorded their highest ever score against the Thunderbirds (previously 65) and the highest score in the 2017 Super Netball season.
The Vixens ran out to an early lead, with Mwai Kumwenda shooting the lights out to help the Vixens to a seven-goal lead, 11-4.
A purple patch from the Thunderbirds saw them bring the margin back to just two goals, however the Vixens rallied and finished the quarter with a dominant lead, 20-13.
The Vixens goalers, Kumwenda and Tegan Philip, were on point, shooting at 100% for the first quarter and sharing the scoring with 10 goals each.
The second quarter started in a similar way, with the Vixens increasing their lead to eight.
However, fantastic defence from the Thunderbirds’ midcourters Renae Ingles and Jade Clarke pressured the Vixens attack, and they were able to draw their team back into the match.
At half-time the margin was five goals, 36-31.
The Vixens defence stepped-up to another level in the third-quarter, with Emily Mannix and Jo Weston pressuring the Thunderbirds attacking line.
Going out hunting for intercepts throughout the match, Mannix was rewarded in the third, with two intercepts and a deflection for the quarter.
The Vixens found their groove in the attacking line, with Kumwenda finding space and Liz Watson, who played her 50th game, becoming more influential.
At three-quarter time, the Vixens held a 12 goal lead, 54-42.
The Vixens attack continued their momentum into the final quarter, getting on-top of the Thunderbirds defence.
Dominating the final term 21 goals to 12, the Vixens were 21 goal winners, 75-54.
Philip and Kumwenda were outstanding in attack, only missing four goals combined for the match, whilst 50 gamer, Watson, was again crucial in driving the ball to goal, finishing with 24 assists and 31 feeds.
Kumwenda was awarded MVP for her shooting, only missing one goal for the match, scoring 38 goals.
Her partner, Philip also had a fantastic match, shooting 37 goals from 40 attempts.
Vixens Captain, Kate Moloney said that it is great to have Philip and Kumwenda in the attacking line.
“Teags and Mwai have been absolutely amazing all season,” Moloney said.
Moloney said that the win was a great way to go into the league’s break over Easter.
“It wasn’t the prettiest win… it was tougher than the scoreboard said,” Moloney said.
The win keeps the Vixens in-touch with ladder-leaders, GIANTS Netball, with the Vixens sitting just half a game behind.
Mwai Kumwenda 38/39 (97%)
Tegan Philip 37/40 (93%)
Karyn Bailey 39/44 (89%)
Erin Bell 15/19 (79%)