Vixens crowned 2022 Team Girls Cup champions

2 months ago

The Melbourne Vixens were crowned Team Girls Cup champions after a narrow two-goal win against West Coast Fever (45-43).

It was goal for goal to start the opening term with both sides capitalising on their centre pass. Rahni Samason found her groove after an early miss while Jhaniele Fowler imposed herself under the post.

The Fever goal shooter was up to her usual tricks in the goal circle, but former teammate Olivia Lewis stood tall making the most of her aerial capabilities to wreak havoc.

The ever-growing combination of Samason and Ruby Barkmeyer starred once more with the shooting duo using their speed and smarts to swing the ball around and create a handy two-goal buffer.

A couple of consecutive super shots gave us the lead, but Sasha Glasgow answered the call up the other end for the Fever bringing them back into the game.

The second quarter saw much of the same with the combo of Samason and Barkmeyer working wonders under the post, as the introduction of livewire Hannah Mundy paid dividends.

Eventual player of the match Kate Moloney’s dogged style of defence won back plenty of ball as the Vixens raced out to a four-goal lead midway through the second quarter, forcing Fever onto the back foot.

The Vixens refused to take their foot off the pedal as the clock ticked down to half time, extending the lead to seven goals on the back of Moloney's stamina and the defensive unit's relentless pressure.

Kate Eddy stole the show with a crafty intercept at circle edge while Samason continued to dazzle at the other end.

Intensity was up heading into the third term with the Vixens extending the lead to eight. A couple of fumbles allowed the Fever to inch their way back into the contest, but the Vixens managed to maintain composure.

The Fever came out firing in the final term, nailing the first couple of goals to reduce the deficit to just four. The introduction of Zoe Cransberg and Chelsea Pitman in the midcourt seemed to throw the Vixens off before they settled into their rhythm and adapted.

With the scoreboard tightening, a Liz Watson intercept was just the answer the Vixens needed to help steady the ship and claim victory.

The Vixens' Suncorp Super Netball campaign kicks off against the Queensland Firebirds in Brisbane on Sunday 27 March.

Our first home game will take place in Round 3 as we take on the Giants at John Cain Arena on Saturday 9 April.

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