Key Learnings: Round 11 v Melbourne Vixens

4 months ago

Collingwood claimed bragging rights for the 2021 Super Netball season, recording a Melbourne derby clean sweep with a four-goal victory over the Vixens.

Gabrielle Keegan

1. Sometimes you’ve got to win ugly

It certainly wasn’t pretty, but the Magpies still went home with the four points.

The Vixens held a two-goal advantage after a scrappy opening half, with both sides accumulating a tally of turnovers a lot higher than they would have preferred.

Ultimately, it was the Magpies defence which held firm to shut down the Vixens’ attack in the final quarter and claim victory.

“It’s great to come away with a win, but it was a very ugly game. Winning ugly is good, I guess, (but) we’ve got a lot to work on,” Nicole Richardson said post-match.

While it was pleasing for the Magpies to grind out the match, scoring seven of the last ten goals to claim victory, there’s plenty to clean up heading into their final three games of the home and away season.

2. We’ve built a wall in defence

Nine gains to Jodi-Ann Ward, seven for Geva Mentor and six next to Molly Jovic’s name.

The stat line speaks for itself.

Ward truly led the way in defence, with another three intercepts and eight deflections, taking home Player of the Match honours for her efforts

“I think her and Geva are really growing again in their combination,” Richardson said of circle defence pair.

However, credit not only lies with the defensive third but the pressure built the whole way down the court.

“It’s not only what Jodes did and her efforts out there on court, but it was the work of Molly and Kelsey and Brazzy out in front.”

With a defence working overtime, it’s vital that the Magpies continue to reward that defensive effort and convert gains to goals.

3. Anywhere, anytime

An anticipated two-week stay in Adelaide turned into a mad rush to pack for a mystery destination which would eventually become Brisbane.

The whirlwind Super Netball season continues.

The fixture remains an unknown but the Magpies do know one thing – if they are to be a chance for finals they’re going to have to get the job done against any opponent at any location.

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