Vixens continue winning ways against GWS
THE Melbourne Vixens took another giant leap forward as they chalked up a third straight win with victory over a previously unbeaten Greater Western Sydney on Saturday night.
In a high pressure and at times physical top-of-the-table clash, the Vixens had the edge as they kept a vocal home crowd happy at Hisense Arena with a 59-51 triumph.
The result ended an unbeaten start to the Super Netball season for the Giants, who had entered the match as favourites with a 5-0 record.
But despite little separating the two sides throughout the match, the Vixens were switched on from the start and never looked like losing on their home court.
A brief purple patch in the second term had the Giants claw their way to a two-goal lead just before halftime but the Vixens quickly wrestled back control and sustained a small buffer throughout the second half.
Star mid-court pair Kate Moloney and Liz Watson were again everywhere while Mwai Kumwenda (35 goals) and Tegan Phillip (24 goals) continued their stunning start to the season in the attacking circle.
"It was actually a really tough match and it was tight and competitive," Melbourne Vixens coach Simone McKinnis said.
"Even though we sort of maintained a bit of a gap for a large part of it, it was still hard work.
"This was the opportunity. It was the top-of-the-table team and undefeated so if we see ourselves there at the end of the year we've got to start doing the damage now. So I'm just really pleased."
McKinnis said her line-up had also shown another side to their game as they pushed to the final buzzer, not giving the Giants a sniff as they powered home with a 17-13 fourth quarter.
"That's a sign of progression from us, that they played it out and pushed on a little bit," she said.
The victory leaves the Vixens with a 4-1-1 record heading into a clash with pre-season championship favourite and local rival Collingwood next Sunday, a return to the round one fixture which saw the Vixens prevail 58-55.
The Magpies face NSW Swifts in their round six match at Sydney Olympic Park from 1pm on Sunday.