The Melbourne Vixens secured a slender two-point victory over the Queensland Firebirds as the 2 Super Netball heavyweights got here to blows.
In a nailbiting encounter between Suncorp Super Netball’s second and third positioned groups, the Melbourne Vixens eked out a slender victory in opposition to the Queensland Firebirds, defeating them by two factors, 66-64.
With John Cain Arena decked out in pink in help of the Breast Cancer Network of Australia, followers had some anxious moments as Vixens trailed for many of the match.
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However, it was the house crew’s expertise and composure within the remaining minutes that enabled them to grab victory and preserve a high two place on the ladder.
Featuring thrilling taking pictures circles, in kind defenders, a tough working midcourt and an skilled bench, it was arduous to separate each groups on kind.
The Firebirds performed a direct model of netball from the beginning, transitioning the ball easily into their taking pictures circle.
However, their by way of courtroom defence made life tough for the Vixens, who needed to patiently reset repeatedly.
Vixens’ wing defence Kate Eddy made a welcome return to courtroom after her Covid enforced absence, however regardless of some shut checking was unable to close down Lara Dunkley.
It compelled the Vixens’ hand within the second quarter, and with Moloney shifted to wing defence, Liz Watson to centre, and Hannah Mundy injected at wing assault, the house crew had been in a position to settle.
In the primary half, the fantastically weighted Firebirds’ taking pictures partnership was near untouchable, with the partnership of Donnell Wallam and Gretel Bueta demanding consideration for the Commonwealth Games.
Although Wallam’s scoring potential light barely over time, the Bueta/Jo Weston match up was one of many pivotal battles of the sport.
The introduction of skilled defender Emily Mannix to aim keeper made life tougher for the Firebirds’ assault, because the Vixens clawed an eight aim deficit again to stage phrases within the third quarter.
As the depth lifted, each groups traded intercepts and time-outs – the Vixens continued to shuffle their line, gaining management of the sport within the closing minutes.
With the Firebirds struggling to sink their supershots, it was the Vixens’ expertise in withstanding strain that proved the final word distinction in closing out the win.
At centre, captain Kim Ravaillion directed play for the Firebirds, throwing down the gauntlet to Australian selectors after her latest omission from the Diamonds’ squad.
Vixens’ co-captain Liz Watson was dearer than ordinary with a recreation excessive seven turnovers, whereas each aim defenders – Firebirds’ rising star Ruby Bakewell-Doran and Weston – pulled in essential beneficial properties for his or her groups.
Stand-in Vixens’ head coach, Di Honey, described the final quarter as ‘sensational’ and what the teaching workers had requested for. After a shaky begin, MVP Mwai Kumwenda completed with 51/56, at 91 per cent accuracy.
The Vixens are the second greatest crew at hanging onto the ball, however extra importantly, lead the league in changing beneficial properties to targets, sitting at a season common of 68 %. They as soon as once more confirmed their superiority on this metric, sitting at an outstanding 100% in right now’s match.
IN IT TO WIN IT!
Taking the outdated adage to coronary heart has proved a turning level for the Firebirds this season. When they final performed the Vixens, they had been on the mistaken facet of a whopping 91-70 penalty rely. They’ve tidied up their penalties since that 5 aim loss, though they had been nonetheless on the mistaken finish of the whistle in right now’s match.
MOTHERS’ DAY MAGIC
The Firebirds comprise half of the league’s taking part in moms inside their ranks – Kim Ravaillion, Gretel Bueta and Eboni Usoro-Brown. Add within the teaching and help workers, and over 20 youngsters fill the purple creche in Queensland.
Originally printed as ‘Sensational’ remaining quarter completes epic Vixens comeback – Super Netball wrap