The Melbourne Vixens have secured their first victory of the 2016 ANZ Championship season with a 59-44 win against the Adelaide Thunderbirds at Titanium Security Arena on Sunday.
Round Two Shoot Statistics
Karyn Bailey 38/46 (83%)
Alice Teague-Neeld 21/23 (91%)
Following the disappointing defeat to the New South Wales Swifts in the opening round, the Vixens were determined to play with more intensity in their round two fixture and that is exactly what they did.
The Vixens dominated the early proceedings with their defensive intent clear to see with Geva Mentor and Kate Moloney each producing an intercept in the opening minutes.
The quarter belonged to 20-year-old Alice Teague-Neeld however, who shot a perfect 10 from 10 in attack to help the Vixens to a 15-11 lead at the first break.
Teague-Neeld continued her breakout performance in the second quarter, with her speed and movement in attack the perfect foil for the physical presence of Karyn Bailey under the ring.
Captain Madi Robinson and fellow Vixen Liz Watson played important roles mid-court, exchanging between centre and wing attack to create plenty of scoring opportunities to help extend the Vixens lead to 34-20 at half-time.
The momentum shifted to the Thunderbirds in the third as they trimmed the lead to nine at the final break following a dominant quarter by Carla Borrego who shot 15 from 16.
The Vixens regained their composure in the final quarter to record a comfortable 15 goal victory.
Robinson was awarded the most valuable player after a standout performance in both defence and attack with her 16 goal assists a game-high.
It was the first time she and sister, Kelsey Browne have played together for the Vixens.
Robinson was pleased with the way the team responded to last week’s defeat.
“We had a harsh reality check with the Swifts last week so it was good to get out there and play some quality netball and play the game plan that we wanted to get out there and play,” Robinson said.
Jo Weston was equally pleased with the way the team bounced back this week.
“Last week was really disappointing for us, we didn’t didn’t put in a performance that we were proud of so this week we really stepped it up in terms of our intensity in training and that is what we wanted to bring out to the court from the get go, not five minutes in, not one minute in but right from the start,” Weston said.
The 22-year-old was a standout in defence, helping restrict Thunderbird captain Erin Bell to 10 goals.
“It is a good result but it is a team effort obviously, there are two shooters in the ring so we have to make sure that both of them are keeping their score as low as possible and I would not have been able to keep Erin to that lower score if the rest of the team were not defending out in front.”
The Vixens will face the Firebirds in Round Three of the ANZ Championship at Hisense Arena in Melbourne next Saturday.