The Melbourne Vixens have lost their first game of Suncorp Super Netball, going down to new team, the Sunshine Coast Lightning, by six-goals.
The Vixens held a steady lead early, leading by as much as six-goals during the first half.
Controlling the game in the first half, the Vixens held a three-goal lead at quarter-time, with scores level at 27-all at the main break.
Lightning shooter Caitlin Bassett was in charge of the scoring for her team, with the 193cm shooter scoring 50 goals for the match.
Sensing the need for added height in the defensive circle to combat Bassett, Kadie-Ann Dehaney was brought into the game for her debut at half-time, and had an instant impact with an intercept.
Intense defensive pressure by both sides caused many errors early in the third, however it would be the Lightning who would eventually dominate, with the home-side getting away to a five goal lead.
A tactical timeout was called by the Vixens, and a positional switch between Liz Watson and Kate Moloney was made, however to no avail.
The Lightning continued to power on, storming out to a nine-goal lead.
By three-quarter-time, the Lightning held the lead, 43-37.
The Vixens’ determination showed in the final quarter, being able to bring the margin back to four during the quarter, however they weren’t able to draw back any closer, losing their first game of the season 58-52.
The defensive trio of Dehaney, Jo Weston and Emily Mannix had tough work against the Lightning’s attack, who began to find their rhythm during the game.
Despite the difficulty, the three managed to come-up with some spectacular play, finishing with 10 intercepts.
Vixens’ Captain Kate Moloney said that it was a disappointing loss.
“I think we were up by about six or so in the second quarter, so that was disappointing,” Moloney said.
“There is lots to work on at training this week.”
The Vixens now sit at fifth spot on the Suncorp Super Netball ladder, and turn their sights to traditional rivals, the NSW Swifts, who sit at third, for Round 3.
Mwai Kumwenda 28/36 (78%)
Tegan Philip 24/30 (80%)
Sunshine Coast Lightning
Caitlin Bassett 50/53 (94%)
Cara Koenen 8/13 (62%)
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