Emily returns

8 months ago

​Emily Mannix will return to the Melbourne Vixens’ team 10 for this weekend’s clash with the ladder-leading, West Coast Fever.

Emily Mannix will return to the Melbourne Vixens’ team 10 for this weekend’s clash with the ladder-leading, West Coast Fever.

Mannix, who has missed the last four matches after requiring surgery on her finger, said she is excited to be back with the team for tomorrow’s match.

“It’s been super tough to be out of the group for that amount of time, coming up to five weeks this weekend, so super excited to get the go ahead,” said Mannix.

“It’s a good time to come back, it’s a pretty big match so just really keen to get back out there.”

Mannix has endured an extensive rehab from her injury, which included hand therapy and physiotherapy, as well as a splint for her hand.

“It’s been hard because it’s obviously such a small injury, but I did a pretty good job of it.

“It’s been lots of exercises and getting it out and moving it around because it gets quite stiff in the splint.”

Defender Kadie-Ann Dehaney has stepped up to a starting seven position during Mannix’s absence, taking 32 deflections and 13 intercepts for the season so far, and impressing many of her teammates and coaching staff.

A crucial member of the defensive end, Mannix, a Samsung Australian Diamonds squad member, is a huge in ahead of the race to the finals.

A loss last week to the GIANTS, who now sit in second position on the ladder, has made the final two rounds of the season even more important.

Just one point separates third to fifth on the Suncorp Super Netball ladder, and with just the top four progressing through to the finals, every point is critical.

“Obviously the girls and the coaching staff are quite disappointed after the GIANTS game because we do expect so much of ourselves and we know that we can do it and we have that belief,” said Mannix.

“But we’re super excited to get away to Perth and I think we’ll give the Fever a real run for their money and hopefully get the win.”

The Melbourne Vixens are in Perth for their Round 13 clash with the West Coast Fever. Watch them on Telstra TV from 9pm AEST on Saturday 28 July.

The Vixens return home in the final round of the season, taking on the Sunshine Coast Lightning. Get your tickets here.

More news