Talking points: Round 7 v Vixens

17 days ago

The Pies have claimed back-to-back wins for the first time this season, defeating the Melbourne Vixens in the Round 7 Melbourne Derby.

Sophie Taylor

Melbourne is not just a Vixens city

Sunday's match was the first Melbourne Derby hosted in Victoria since 2019, and the Pies made it count with a hot performance against the then-ladder leaders.

While it was a Melbourne Vixens home game, there were plenty of Magpies fans in the crowd and they well and truly made themselves heard, pushing the Pies to an almighty victory.

With the past three Melbourne Derbies in the bank, the Pies have proved that Melbourne is not just a Vixens city, and will come out firing regardless of where their opposition sits on the ladder.

Star performances across the court

Just like last week, the Pies win came from a culmination of huge efforts across the court, and not just one star performer.

While Kelsey Browne claimed the Player of the Match accolades with her 25 goal assists and two intercepts (three gains), it was the combination between Browne, Shimona Nelson and Gabby Sinclair that really stood out to produce a flawless attacking performance.

In the defensive end, Geva Mentor and Jodi-Ann Ward were ruthless from the get-go, with Ward's relentless aerial pressure and Mentor's anticipation combining effortlessly.

Ash Brazill impressed, keeping Liz Watson away from circle edge, while Molly Jovic gathered five pickups credit to her speed and dogged nature.

Nelson was untouchable

Shimona Nelson starred at the post for the Pies, firing on all cylinders despite the tight marking of the Vixens defence throughout the entire contest.

Nelson used her incredible standing jump to pluck the ball out of the air again and again, and credit to the impeccable feeds from Browne and Sinclair, flourished at the post with 48 goals from 51 attempts at 94 percent.

Her presence was felt elsewhere too, continuously egging her teammates into action and allowing Sinclair to confidently put up shots, as Nelson pulled in any wayward rebounds.

Back-to-back wins will spark confidence

The Suncorp Super Netball has hit its midway point now, with seven rounds down and just seven to go, making these back-to-back wins all the more important.

Regardless of their upcoming opposition, the Pies have gone into each round with a winning mentality, and that has well and truly paid off in the past few weeks with big wins over first the Queensland Firebirds, and now the Vixens.

It's especially important to keep up the confidence and that winning attitude with the West Coast Fever up next, as the Pies look to continue their recent winning ways in the second half of the season.

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