The Melbourne Vixens have defeated ladder-leaders, GIANTS Netball, in a nail-biting Round 6 clash of Suncorp Super Netball.
After a shaky start, turning over their first centre pass, the Vixens composed themselves to claim an early lead.
The strength of the Vixens full-court defence saw them take a four-goal lead at the first break, 15 – 11.
In the second quarter, the GIANTS turned things up and this time it was their defence blocking the Vixens path to the goal circle and earning them the lead.
However, the strength of midcourt-trio Liz Watson, Kate Moloney and Chloe Watson brought the Vixens back in-front, leading by two at the main break, 27 – 25.
In the third the GIANTS were able to temporarily level the scores, but by the end of the quarter, the Vixens had extended their half-time lead by one, leading 42 – 38 at three-quarter-time.
The physicality stepped-up a notch in the final quarter, with both teams eager to claim the win.
Kristina Brice took the court for the GIANTS, moving Susan Pettitt to Wing Attack, changing-up their attacking line.
Still, the GIANTS were unable to make a significant impact on the scoreboard, with the teams going goal-for-goal most of the quarter.
In the final few minutes the Vixens began to pull-away - the margin increasing out to nine goals within the last minute of the match.
A goal after the whistle for the GIANTS brought the margin back to eight - not enough - with the Vixens ending their undefeated run with a 59 – 51 victory.
Mwai Kumwenda and Tegan Philip were on fire once again in the shooting circle, scoring a total of 59 goals from 70 attempts at 84%.
Kumwenda was named MVP for the match, shooting 35 of the Vixens goals at 92%.
The Melbourne Vixens will now turn their sights to cross-town rivals, Magpies Netball, for their second #Battle of the season.
Mwai Kumwenda 35/38 (92%)
Tegan Philip 24/32 (75%)
Jo Harten 30/37 (83%)
Susan Pettitt 16/21 (76%)
Kristina Brice 5/6 (83%)