The Melbourne Vixens have survived a strong challenge from the NSW Swifts in a physical match at Margaret Court Arena.
The match changed leaders multiple times, with the Vixens just edging the Swifts out in the final few minutes.
Jo Weston sent a scare through the Vixens camp when she went down midway through the first quarter on her ankle.
Thankfully, Weston was fine to return to the court during the third quarter and impressed coach Simone McKinnis with her pressure on the ball.
“I thought Jo was brilliant. Brilliant in just that defensive pressure, that one on one work that she did and also fantastic in that drive,” McKinnis said.
The injury provided the opportunity for defender Kadie-Ann Dehaney and midcourter Khao Watts to take the court for the first time this season.
Despite impressing in their time on court, the Swifts’ won the second quarter 20-14, with McKinnis saying the team needs to adapt to changes quicker.
“I was particularly disappointed with the second quarter and when Jo left the court I don’t think that we adapted to the changes, so that’s something that we need to address and talk about as well.”
The Vixens won three of the four quarters, taking away three bonus points as well as four points for the win.
McKinnis said she loved the fight and hunger that the team showed during the match, however agrees that they are still a long way off their best.
“I’m really pleased to have the win, but I thought that there’s so much more that we could do.”
Emily Mannix was awarded Nissan Player of the Match for her defensive efforts, gaining some crucial turnovers at key moments of the match.