Vixens outclassed by defending champions

2 years ago

The Melbourne Vixens have been outclassed by defending champions the Queensland Firebirds, going down 56-44 in their Round Ten ANZ Championship clash at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday night.

Shooting Statistics
Melbourne Vixens
Karyn Bailey 19/25 (76%)
Alice Teague-Neeld 11/17 (65%)
Kim Commane 14/19 (74%)

Queensland Firebirds
Romelda Aiken 39/43 (91%)
Gretel Tippett 17/23 (74%)

Speaking to the Vixens experienced defender Geva Mentor after the match, she said, “As a team we are really disappointed in the way we started the match today. We have been talking all season about stringing together four good quarters and you just can’t start a game the way we did tonight.

“I thought we actually did some good work in the first and second quarters, we manage to stick in the game being four-goals down at halftime. It’s a tough job in the back to try and get the ball off Romelda [Aiken] and Gretel [Tippett], however, as a team we kept being persistent and it was unfortunate that the score line did blowout in the end.

“We need to stick together as a team, learn from the things that didn’t go to plan out there tonight and make sure we come out firing next week.”

The Vixens struggled to match the high-intensity displayed by the Queensland Firebirds in the opening minutes of the match.

A high penalty count coupled with missed opportunities in the Vixens’ attacking circle saw the Firebirds score the first five-goals of the game. Vixens youngster Alice Teague-Neeld ended the scoring drought after five minutes, however, was soon replaced by shooter Kim Commane.

The Vixens were trailing 11-6 as they approached the end of the first quarter. A lift in intensity had the Vixens close the gap by two-goals only eight minutes into the second quarter.

Jamaican import Romelda Aiken was at her ultimate, shooting a perfect 19/19 to lead the hosts to a 25-21 lead at halftime.

Talking about Mentor’s match-up against the Firebirds rock-in-defence Aiken, she added, “It’s about engaging my smarts as a player rather than my physical attributes in order to shut her down, she has got me covered on height and jump.

Tonight I was trying to focus on what I could do in the back in order to create a bit of confusion around her, I was also trying to go for any loose balls that were around.”

Inaccurate shooting continued to hold back the Vixens at start of the second half as the Firebirds established a game-high nine-goal lead eight minutes into the third quarter.

The reigning premiers proved too strong for the Vixens on this occasion, extending their lead in the final quarter to record a comfortable 12-goal victory.

The Vixens will now return to Melbourne to host the Northern Mystics at Hisense Arena on Sunday 12 June from 12pm AEST.

Melbourne Vixens' squad v Queensland Firebirds
Saturday 4 June 2016, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Karyn Bailey (GS)
Alice Teague-Neeld (GA)
Madi Robinson (WA)
Liz Watson (C)
Kate Moloney (WD)
Jo Weston (GD)
Geva Mentor (GK)

Kim Commane

Did Not Play
Kelsey Browne
Emily Mannix
Chloe Watson
Emma Ryde

Fixtures & Results
Sunday 3 April: Vixens v Swifts, Sydney, NSW [42-57 Swifts]
Sunday 10 April: Vixens v Thunderbirds, Adelaide, SA [59-44 Vixens]
Saturday 16 April: Vixens v Firebirds, Melbourne, VIC [47-58 Firebirds]
Sunday 1 May: Vixens v Magic, Melbourne, VIC [57-34 Vixens]
Monday 9 May: Vixens v Tactix, Christchurch, NZL [69-48 Vixens]
Sunday 15 May: Vixens v Swifts, Melbourne, VIC [51-59 Swifts]
Saturday 21 May: Vixens v Fever, Perth, WA [54-53 Vixens]
Saturday 28 May: Vixens v Thunderbirds, Melbourne, VIC [57-51 Vixens]
Saturday 4 June: Vixens v Firebirds, Gold Coast, QLD [44-56 Firebirds]
Sunday 12 June: Vixens v Mystics, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19 June: Vixens v Fever, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 25 June: Vixens v Steel, Invercargill, NZL
Monday 4 July: Vixens v Pulse, Wellington, NZL

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