Match Preview: Round 7

11 days ago

The Magpies will be on the comeback trail when they take on traditional cross-town rivals the Melbourne Vixens in support of Fight MND on Saturday.

Gabrielle Keegan

Coming off Round 6:

The Magpies were unable to stake their claim as the side to knock off West Coast, as the Fever kept their unbeaten streak alive in a 78-55 win at Ken Rosewall Arena.

After a tight start, scores were level at the nine-minute mark of the first quarter with neither team leading by more than two goals.

From there, the Fever went on to score 13 goals (including two Super Shots) to the Magpies’ three, taking the lead to ten goals, which then stretched to an insurmountable 19 by half-time.

The Pies were much more competitive in the third quarter, which they won 20-15 to trail 59-42 at the final change, before being outscored 19-10 in the final quarter.

Shimona Nelson made 39 of her 41 attempts, while Ash Brazill picked up her third fan vote MVP for the season for her sheer will and determination in an enthralling battle with West Coast’s Verity Charles.

An eye on the opposition:

Like the Magpies, the Vixens have had a whirlwind few weeks in response to the COVID-19 situation in their home state.

The Vixens flew to Brisbane two days earlier than originally planned for their game against the Firebirds and have since remained in Queensland, hosting the Adelaide Thunderbirds at USC Stadium before flying to Sydney for the Melbourne derby at Ken Rosewall Arena this weekend.

Amongst the chaos, Rahni Samason has been the major talking point from the Vixens camp, with the 23-year-old goaler making arguably one of the greatest debuts in Australian sport.

A cool, calm and collected Samason sealed her side’s first win of the season a fortnight ago, with a goal after the siren helping the Vixens over the line against the Firebirds.

Unfortunately for the Vixens, the momentum from the one-goal thriller wasn’t enough to topple the Thunderbirds the following week.

For the Melbourne derby, the Vixens will be without Samason as Emily Mannix returns from a fortnight off due to a fractured knuckle. Mannix bolsters an already powerful defensive line, featuring the dangerous Kadie-Ann Dehany and Australian Diamond, Jo Weston.

The battle in the mid-court will be one to watch, with both sides boasting a blend of up-and-coming stars and seasoned professionals.

Last time we met:

The Magpies and the Vixens have faced off a total of nine times, with history leaning in favour of the Vixens, with seven wins to their name. The Magpies’ two wins came during the 2019 home and away season.

In their premiership year, the Vixens took bragging rights in both clashes as they defeated the Magpies by 11 goals in Round 1 and eight goals in Round 12.

Big Freeze 7:

Collingwood’s Super Netball and AFL teams will support FightMND when they line up for their respective matches this week.

FightMND aims to find effective treatments and ultimately, a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.

To donate to FightMND or to purchase a Big Freeze 7 beanie, visit FightMND.

Match details:

Round 7 Suncorp Super Netball
Collingwood Magpies v Melbourne Vixens
Satuday 12 June, 5.30pm
Ken Rosewall Arena

How to follow:

Magpie Army who can’t make it to the game will be able to watch via Telstra TV and the Netball Live Official App.

Match coverage and behind the scenes action will also be available across our social channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Be part of the conversation by using the hashtags #GoPies and #SSNMagpiesVixens.

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