The Melbourne Vixens have defeated Trans-Tasman rivals the WBOP Magic 57-34 in Round Five of the ANZ Championship at Hisense Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Alice Teague-Neeld 19/27 (70%)
Emma Ryde 13/20 (65%)
Kim Commane 25/29 (86%)
Emma Halpenny 11/14 (79%)
Jo Harten 10/15 (67%)
Malia Paseka 8/14 (57%)
Paula Griffin 5/5 (100%)
Vixens Head Coach Simone McKinnis was pleased with the team’s improvement and their four-quarter effort displayed today.
“We have been able to consistently say that since the Swifts game we have progressed well as a team. Each game we have made improvements and that is what we are all about at the moment,” McKinnis said.
The Vixens opened the floodgates early on in the first quarter when goaler Emma Ryde successfully hit target three minutes after the starting siren.
Featuring high-intensity levels, the Vixens’ attacking third went on an early run with six consecutive goals before the Magic retaliated with four goals of their own.
Ryde continued to be a physical presence in the attacking circle to lead the Vixens to a 13-8 lead at quarter time.
Working together, Liz Watson and Kate Moloney created several valuable scoring opportunities within the mid-court, paying dividends for the Vixens as they led 18-11 midway through the second quarter.
At the defensive end, Geva Mentor was influential in nullifying her English teammate Jo Harten.
Mentor and fellow Vixen Jo Weston were dominant throughout the full 60 minutes of play, finishing with a combined 10 rebounds, 10 deflections and three intercepts. The Vixens went into halftime leading 25-15.
After the break, Kelsey Browne replaced Liz Watson at centre. The 24-year-old made an instant impact with five goal assists inside the first seven minutes.
In a breakout performance, Kim Commane finished off Browne’s excellent work in the mid-court, shooting 25 from 29.
Commane started the match off on the bench, however, was happy to quickly make an impact on the game when she was subbed on.
“While sitting on the bench I was saying to myself what do I have to do when I get onto the court, I think this helped my performance today. I utilised the space up the middle and drove hard onto the ball today,” Commane said.
It was the Vixens Captain Madi Robinson who continued to lead by example during the fourth quarter and was later named MVP for the match. Robinson finished the match off with 19 goal assists to help the Vixens to 23-goal victory.
The Vixens will travel to Christchurch next week to take on the Mainland Tactix in Round Six of the ANZ Championship on Monday 9 May at 4pm AEST.
Melbourne Vixens’ squad v WBOP Magic
Sunday 1 May 2016, Hisense Arena
Emma Ryde (GS)
Alice Teague-Neeld (GA)
Liz Watson (C)
Madi Robinson (WA) - Captain
Kate Moloney (WD)
Jo Weston (GD)
Geva Mentor (GK)
Kim Commane Emily Mannix
Did Not Play
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
Sunday 15 May: Vixens v Swifts, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21 May: Vixens v Fever, Perth, WA
Saturday 28 May: Vixens v Thunderbirds, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4 June: Vixens v Firebirds, Gold Coast, QLD
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