Match Preview: Round 12

18 days ago

Check out the match preview for Saturday's round 12 clash against the Melbourne Vixens.

Nick Bleeker

Collingwood is preparing to take on crosstown rivals, the Melbourne Vixens in a Saturday afternoon battle.

The Magpies will need to be strong out of the gates as the Vixens midcourt and defence is clean and clinical. The Magpies are coming in hot off a strong offensive performance against the Giants on Wednesday evening. A game that saw coach Rob Wright utilise his bench with a rotating shooting circle seeing Nyah Allen get a super shot run. A rotation that has forced offenses to respect both attacking players rather than sag off to double defend the post-shooting in Shimona Nelson.

Defensively, the Magpies have been consistently strong over the last few weeks. The absence of Liz Watson for tomorrow’s game will be something that Collingwood will look to exploit. Fans are excited to see more of Melissa Bragg's phenomenal defensive work having shone over the last few weeks. Bragg needs to continue to be the best kind of pest on the circle edge and force the Vixens attack out wide.

Shutting down the Vixens’ ability to kick out passes and avoiding the contact will aid in limiting their offensive blasts. Caitlin Thwaites has been key to the Vixens’ success, so upsetting her comfortability on the court will work greatly for Collingwood; a task not unfamiliar to the insane defensive work from Jodi-Ann Ward and Geva Mentor.

Ward’s phenomenal form will keep up with Thwaites’ movement, but, for Ward, it’s about forcing Thwaites to think on her shot as well as forcing her wide and to the apex of the shooting circle. If the superb defensive work from the Magpies continues its form this game it should turn out to be a mighty good game between the two Melbourne clubs.

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