Nothing could separate the Melbourne Vixens and NSW Swifts in their Round 3 Suncorp Super Netball match in Melbourne, with the scores deadlocked at 59 all.
The Vixens defence shone throughout the match, with Emily Mannix leading the charge.
Defensive trio of Chloe Watson, Jo Weston and Emily Mannix were on fire, getting a hand to every ball during the opening half.
The Vixens were out to a strong start, gaining an early three goal lead, before expanding the lead to five just before the first break.
Both teams had patches of brilliance during the second, however after five minutes of goal-to-goal play, the Swifts gained momentum to draw level at 20 all.
By half-time, the margin was back to 31 – 28 with a Vixens lead.
The Swifts again drew level early in the third, however some inspiring defence from Mannix pushed the Vixens back out to a seven-goal lead, with a lead of 47 – 43 at three-quarter-time.
Mannix finished the game with three rebounds, three intercepts and five deflections, the best statistics of any defender on court.
Melbourne Vixens Head Coach, Simone McKinnis, said she was impressed with Mannix’s game.
“I thought Emily Mannix did a great job at goal keeper. I thought she was fantastic,” McKinnis said.
“Samantha Wallace has been a key for them [Swifts] in the first couple of rounds, and I just loved what Emily did tonight, I thought she was great.”
The Swifts fought back once more in the final quarter, drawing the margin back to two goals, making for a nail-biting final few minutes.
A late turnover saw the Swifts with possession, with a final goal by Sam Wallace moments before the siren, which stopped any chance of a last goal.
McKinnis said she was disappointed with the end to the match.
“They’ve been around for a while… they’ve played in grand finals, they know better than that,” McKinnis said.
“But as a team I guess we’ve got to learn that lesson though.”
“It’s just disappointing to let that finish like that.”
Liz Watson at wing attack was named Most Valuable Player for the match, finishing with 21 assists and 34 feeds and being the driving force in the Vixens midcourt.
The Vixens now turn their sights to the West Coast Fever who are hunting for their first win in Suncorp Super Netball.
Mwai Kumwenda 39/43 (91%)
Tegan Philip 20/23 (87%)
Sam Wallace 43/54 (80%)
Helen Housby 13/14 (93%)
Amy Sommerville 3/4 (75%)