The Vixens will head into the Bye weekend with three wins and three losses for the season, after a disappointing result against reigning premiers, Sunshine Coast Lightning.
The Melbourne Vixens will head into the Bye weekend with three wins and three losses for the season, after a disappointing result against reigning premiers, Sunshine Coast Lightning at USC Stadium tonight.
The final of three successive games on the road, Round 6 was bittersweet with the debut of shooter Sam Gooden in the final quarter.
The first few minutes saw an unsettled Vixens outfit which had Lightning taking a four-goal lead. However, with Liz Watson finding Philip and Kumwenda in the circle, the Vixens eventually found their feet and were able to take the bonus point for the quarter; their only for the game.
While Vixens pressure remained in the second term, a few errors allowed Lightning to convert and level the score at half time.
Goal for goal right after half time, Lightning had a third quarter surge which saw them take the lead and eventually the game.
Captain Kate Moloney said the Vixens had prepared for a competitive Lightning.
“They’re reigning premiers and beat us in the first final last year so we really wanted to come out and play the sort of netball that we wanted to play,” said Moloney.
“They have the likes of Geva Mentor and Caitlin Bassett, you knew they were going to bounce back from the early losses.”
Moloney was disappointed but recognises the focus for the Vixens moving forward.
“Lightning came out absolutely firing and we played really well for a half of netball,” said Moloney.
“I was really impressed with the way the girls kept fighting back no matter how far in front Lightning got in those first couple of quarters, we managed to swing it back.
“The pressure they put on us in the end got to us and that’s not good enough. It’s something we need to work on; that four-quarter performance.
“We believe that we can beat them if we put our best netball out there and unfortunately we didn’t tonight.”
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