The Melbourne Vixens have continued their recent dominance over the West Coast Fever, defeating the Western Australian team 56 – 45, in Round 4 of Suncorp Super Netball.
The Vixens have won 17 of their last 19 encounters with the Fever, and have not lost a match to them since Round 6 2015.
Khao Watts received the nod for her first starting position of 2017, making her debut for the Vixens at Wing Attack.
Vixens Head Coach, Simone McKinnis, said it was a bonus to get Khao out on court.
“Khao has been working with us for a while and she’s been training really well,” McKinnis said.
“It was important for her to get out there on court and it was good to have her out there on court.”
The defensive pressure was intense early, resulting in a low scoring first quarter, with the Vixens leading 14 – 10 at the first break.
Finding their rhythm in the second quarter, the Vixens powered out to a six goal lead.
A time-out by the Fever with 3:45 left on the clock stemmed the flow, with the Vixens holding a four goal lead to the main break.
The two teams were back on par again during the third, with neither side gaining enough momentum to effect the margin.
By the end of the third, the Vixens extended their lead by one, leading 39 – 34.
The Vixens made one change going into the final quarter, with Chloe Watson taking the court at Wing Defence.
The Vixens overcame their final quarter troubles from recent matches, flying to a 14 goal lead during the final term.
McKinnis said she was pleased with the final quarter, after last week’s draw, in which they lost the fourth quarter 16 – 12.
“I was pleased with the last quarter. I thought the first three quarters, it was hard going and we didn’t really get the flow that we wanted, but I certainly can’t be much happier with the last quarter,” McKinnis said.
“Certainly, it was quite a tight match, Fever were coming back… so to have that last quarter flurry, to push on, was pleasing. I enjoyed the last quarter.”
Emily Mannix was named Most Valuable player, finishing with 10 gains, one intercept and nine deflections.