The Vixens bounced back in Anzac Round with a strong five-goal win over Adelaide Thunderbirds (52-47). Spurred on by the home crowd, we came out with a fresh intensity to claim our fifth win of the season.
Liz Watson took out the inaugural Edith Hull Medal for her stellar performance through the midcourt, aided by Hannah Mundy who stepped into the starting seven in the absence of Kate Moloney (health and safety protocols).
It was a tight opening quarter with both sides working to impose themselves on the contest. Watson steered the ship in attack while Mwai Kumwenda (37 from 41) held strong under the post. Kiera Austin added to her defensive stats with a nice intercept as youngster Lucy Austin impressed in goals for Adelaide.
Coming out of quarter time with scores tied, we got the jump early to establish a two-goal lead in the second thanks to some big defensive wins from Emily Mannix. We pushed out to a four-goal lead with Austin and MJ combining nicely, while Kate Eddy did a wealth of work to transition the ball down the court.
The momentum ebbed and flowed throughout the first few minutes of the third but a switch between Mundy and Watson provided a spark in the attacking end. The shooting combination of Georgie Horjus and Tippah Dwan started to fire for Adelaide with a super shot reducing the margin to one goal.
Renewed intensity across the court in the fourth saw us forge ahead despite the defensive pressure of Shamera Sterling and Latanya Wilson. Mundy drove hard through the attacking third and we maintained our composure to secure the win.
Head coach Simone McKinnis was impressed with Mundy’s workrate and performance throughout the match.
“I thought she did a great job starting in centre. She’s a strong and powerful athlete and she did some great drives and great feeds, and she also did a great job in wing attack,” she said.
The Victorian Derby will reignite in Round 7 when we take on Collingwood Magpies at John Cain Arena next Sunday 1 May. Tickets are available now via Ticketek.