Round 14 match preview

2 years ago

After three weeks on the road, bringing back a draw and two wins, we’re back at Melbourne Arena for our final home game of 2019 – and we have everything to play for.

Hayley Hamp

The Giants firstly take on the Fever Saturday afternoon, which will determine what the Magpies need to do Sunday to move back into the top four and make finals. We currently sit one point behind the Giants, so even if the Giants lose, we’ll need to bring our A game on Sunday to beat the Vixens and take as many bonus points as possible.

After the shattering news regarding Kelsey Browne’s left knee, the team has been in good spirits and have had a solid gym and court sessions. We know we have the ability to beat any team in the competition, as we saw on Saturday when we took seven premiership points and beat the then ladder leading Swifts in front of a sold out crowd in Launceston, Tasmania.

Last time we met the Vixens, in round seven, we beat them by three goals, but only took two extra bonus points in quarters one and four. It was a hard game that saw the players give everything they had. Shimona Nelson was called “unstoppable against a Vixens defence” and the Magpies overall high pressure rattled the Vixens, ultimately leaving us with the win.

Although the Vixens have locked away a home final, they won’t be taking their foot off the pedal when we meet them on Sunday, so it’s game on here in Melbourne!

Key match-ups:

  • Shimona Nelson v Emily Mannix: Nelson has been in her finest form over the past few weeks, she’s perfected her ball taking abilities and only missed two goals last week. Last time these two met, Nelson was also unstoppable, so this is the match up to watch this weekend.
  • Ash Brazill v Kate Maloney: Braz having cemented her role in centre, with two MVP’s in two weeks under her belt, Braz is the league’s player to beat at the moment. Maloney’s experience in the centre court will be something to watch, and this match-up is sure to draw eyes as they go hard on every single ball they can.
  • Kimiora Poi v Renae Ingles: with Poi most likely to be moved into the starting WA position, this match-up it set to draw eyes. We all know the New Zealand style of play is less on the body when compared to Australian, Poi will need to use her space wisely to get the ball as Ingles will be sticking tight and will use her height in an attempt to dominate.

Game info:

Sunday 25th August, 1pm

Collingwood Magpies v Melbourne Vixens

Melbourne Arena

Live on Channel 9 and via the Netball Live App

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