The Melbourne Vixens a class above Adelaide Thunderbirds

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IMAGE: Jessie Hare

The Melbourne Vixens showed no mercy to bottom of the Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) ladder Adelaide Thunderbirds on Sunday in their 25-goal win to claim all 8 points for the game.

This is the Vixens fifth in a row and places them comfortably second on the ladder in the lead up to finals with three rounds left to play. The Thunderbirds remain winless and continue to hold up the ladder.

The Vixens came out all guns blazing and it wasn’t long before they found themselves at the first quarter break leading 21-9. The Vixens’ pressure led to error upon error for the Thunderbirds, who made their first change of the game just nine minutes into the first quarter. Each swap the Thunderbirds made was just no match for the in form Vixens.

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Vixens captain Kate Moloney led her side from start to finish with her speed in attack and her pressure down the court in defence unsettling the Thunderbirds. Stepping in for the injured Emily Mannix, defender Kadie-Ann Dehaney proved she deserved her court time while debutante Jacqui Newton showed flashes of why she was selected when she came on in the final minute of the match. One positive for the Thunderbirds was Cat Tuivaiti in only her second match back after a serious knee injury. She made her time back on court count directing play through the attack end and delivering in the circle with her steady shooting. 

Shots converted to goals was one statistic the Thunderbirds won, if only by 1 percent, but they couldn’t get the ball down their end enough to make use of that accuracy in the goal circle.

Each mistake the Thunderbirds made, the home side pounced and punished them on the scoreboard. After half time, the Thunderbirds displayed an improved effort and fought hard to try and earn their side just one bonus point. Yet much like the first three quarters, the Vixens held strong and made sure they got the clean sweep of points on Sunday afternoon.

There was no stopping superstar wing attack, Liz Watson who found herself with yet another Nissan Player of the Match with 31 goal assists.

It was a consistent four quarter effort from one of the best sides in the SSN, reflected in the selection of six Vixens in the national Diamonds’ squad, announced just hours before the match.

Melbourne Vixens will host the Giants next Sunday which is going to be a huge game in terms of the SSN ladder. The Vixens are placed 2nd with 55 points and sitting on 110 percentage whilst the Giants are 3rd with 54 points and 108 percentage. The Adelaide Thunderbirds will have another tough game on their hands when they host Sunshine Coast Lightning. Lightning will be looking to get all 8 points for the match to try to move from 5th place into the final four. 

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