Suncorp Super Netball Action – The Melbourne Vixens make a statement!

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With local competitions in recess, all eyes turn to the National Suncorp Super Netball action. The Melbourne Vixens look like taking full advantage of the Hub with a strong victory over the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

Here’s a report on the game which was held on the 12th of August at the University of the Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Vixens remain on top

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The Melbourne Vixens have sounded a warning to the rest of the Suncorp Super Netball competition after defeating the Sunshine Coast Lightning 63-51.

The Vixens were in the unusual position of hosting the Lightning at USC Stadium on the Sunshine Coast but the Melbourne club made themselves at home with another classy performance.

The two teams had yet to taste defeat heading into the top-of-the-table clash but the Vixens set up their third successive win with a dominant opening half, building an impressive 15-goal lead by halftime.

Super Netball Rd 6 - Lightning v Vixens“It definitely didn’t feel like we were up that much,” Vixens co-captain Kate Moloney said about her team’s strong start.

“We knew the Lightning were going to come hard at us, they’re a super quality team but I’m really proud of our girls to be able to push it out all the way to the end.”

The victory was a fitting result for Moloney as she joined current teammate Tegan Philip and Bianca Chatfield as the third Vixen to play 100 national league games.

The reliable midcourter took the points in her match-up with Lightning captain Laura Langman, claiming player of the match with 22 circle feeds and 13 assists, while Jo Weston was a standout in defence for the Vixens.

The Vixens burst out of the blocks with nine of the first 11 goals of the game but the Lightning’s attack started to flow when Steph Wood shifted to goal shooter and Cara Koenen cashed in on a Karla Pretorius intercept to reduce Melbourne’s lead to three.

But Caitlin Thwaites drained a Suncorp Super Shot on the siren for a 16-11 advantage and the Vixens kept rolling with an 8-2 start in the second term before Thwaites and Tegan Philip combined for four super shots in the rebel Power Five period to go into halftime ahead 34-19.

The Lightning managed to reduce the margin to single digits at stages of the third and fourth quarters but the Vixens had all the answers with Thwaites, Philip and Mwai Kumwenda each playing their part to keep their attack on song.

Super Netball Rd 6 - Lightning v VixensBoth teams are back in action on Sunday with the Lightning hosting the undefeated NSW Swifts and the Vixens aiming for their fourth win in a row against the Adelaide Thunderbirds.

Score breakdown
Q1: Vixens 16 v Lightning 11
Q2: Vixens 18 v Lightning 8
Q3: Vixens 15 v Lightning 19
Q4: Vixens 14 v Lightning 13

Nissan Player of The Match – Kate Moloney (Melbourne Vixens)

Vixens shooting statistics
Caitln Thwaites: Total points – 20 G1 – 14/20 (70%) G2 – 3/4 (75%)
Tegan Philip: Total points – 22 G1 – 16/19 (84%) G2 – 3/6 (50%)
Mwai Kumwenda: Total points – 21 G1 – 21/21 (100%) G2 – 0/2 (0%)

Lightning shooting statistics
Steph Wood: Total points – 13 G1 – 9/12 (75%) G2 – 2/5 (40%)
Cara Koenen: Total points – 31 G1 – 29/33 (88%) G2 – 1/1 (100%)
Peace Proscovia: Total points – 7 G1 – 7/9 (78%) G2 – 0/0 (0%)

Vixens starting seven: GS – Caitlin Thwaites GA – Tegan Philip WA – Liz Watson C – Kate Moloney WD – Kate Eddy GD – Jo Weston GK – Emily Mannix

Lightning starting seven: GS – Peace Proscovia GA – Steph Wood WA – Laura Scherian C – Laura Langman WD – Maddy McAuliffe GD – Karla Pretorius GK – Phumza Maweni

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Source: supernetball.com.au

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Super Netball – Last Game for Outgoing Coach Lisa Alexander. Diamonds 66, All Stars 53.

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A generational change is well underway in Super Netball with Diamonds Coach Lisa Alexander coaching her last game in the Bushfire Charity Game on Sunday the 1st of March. It was also the last game for the Diamonds for Caitlin Thwaites. Although Alexander’s contract was not renewed, she is held in high regard by many in the sport with an 81% win rate. The players in particular had great respect for her as a coach.

Here’s the full story.

‘A really special lady’: emotions high as Diamonds farewell Alexander

Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander has walked away from the game she helped cement as a major player on Australia’s sporting landscape after coaching the national side for the final time.

There were emotional scenes at the end of Sunday’s bushfire charity game, with Caitlin Thwaites reduced to tears afterwards while talking about Alexander’s exit after eight years at the helm.

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Outgoing Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander and Caitlin Thwaites embrace after Australia’s 66-53 win over the Super Netball All Stars

“She is a really special lady, and I get emotional even thinking about it. She has done so much for each individual but also for the sport,” Thwaites said. “I don’t think we’ve seen the last of her. She has taken our sport to an entire new level. The world of netball has benefited from her being in that position.”

Alexander’s contract was not renewed after the Diamonds lost the World Cup final 52-51 to New Zealand last July, which came after they fell to England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games by the same scoreline.

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Alexander said any of the Super Netball coaches were qualified to take the reins – but but advised her successor to run their own show and be true to themselves.

“They do need to understand the extra responsibility you have when you’re a national coach,” Alexander said. “It’s not just about technical and tactical coaching; you’ve got to be a spiritual leader of your country’s netball and hopefully I’ve done that.”

With Alexander’s Diamonds dominating 66-53 over the Super Netball All-Stars at Qudos Bank Arena, questions were asked again about why Alexander was dumped from the post.

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“I don’t think that the players had lost faith in her,” Thwaites said. “We pride ourselves at being the absolute best and we’ve lost two of the major benchmark events – but in saying that, they were by one goal.”

Alexander retires with an 81 per cent win rate, but her record was just one part of why she was held in such high regard as a coach.

“I don’t think she gets acknowledged for half of the things that she actually does behind the scenes, the things that she fights for the player, in terms of their rights,” Thwaites said. “It’s a really huge job and they’re really huge shoes somebody has to fill.”

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The game also marked Thwaites’ final appearance for the Diamonds. She announced her retirement late last year after thriving under the leadership of Alexander after making her national debut in 2012.

Thwaites was warmly welcomed by the crowd of 11,067, who cheered every time she touched the ball.

“This one for me was bonus time,” she said. “For me, it was about getting out there and enjoying it, it is not every day you get to wear this dress.”

The match gave fans a taste of the rolling substitutions which will be a feature of the game for this year’s Super Netball Season. The charity match also included a ‘Super Shot’ which gave two points for shooting from the outer portion of the goal circle.

The Diamonds took the lead early, with the starting combination of Caitlin Bassett and Courtney Bruce pushing the score to 21-13 after the first quarter. By half-time, both sides had gotten the hang of the Super Shot and pushed the score to 42-24.

Giants star Jo Harten showed why she was announced as her club’s captain for 2020, but her second-half energy was not enough to beat the Diamonds, who refused to let their long-standing coach go out with a loss.

Source: theage.com.au

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Netball – the 2019 Suncorp Netball Fixture

Netball is one of the World’s fastest growing Sports. In Australia it is the most popular sort for women and young girls.

The sport achieved Olympic status back in 1996 and there is still a slim chance it may be played at the 2020 0r 2024 Games.

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Meanwhile, the premier Australian National Competition – the Suncorp Super Netball Comp – will kick off this year on April 24th. The competition will enjoy National Free-to-Air coverage on Television via 9Now, as well as being streamed by Telstra across Australia.

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2019 Suncorp Super Netball Fixture

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The 2019 Suncorp Super Netball season will again treat netball fans from Australia and across the globe to 17 weeks of the world’s premier netball competition.

The season will kick off on April 27 and, with more international athletes than ever before, the league will truly showcase the world’s best netball talent throughout 2019. Starting with a bang, the first few weeks of the season will see a Round 1 derby between the NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball, a Round 2 Grand Final rematch between West Coast Fever and Sunshine Coast Lightning and a Round 3 showdown between the two Queensland teams.

Netball Australia Executive General Manager of Events Chris Symington says going by the results of the 2018 season, netball fans can’t get enough of the Suncorp Super Netball league with the average home-and-away match viewership on Channel Nine channels up 25.9% and views on Telstra’s streaming services up 23% on 2017.

“We couldn’t be more impressed with how Suncorp Super Netball is being embraced in arenas across Australia and on broadcast, both on free-to-air and digital channels,” he said.

“We saw more than 35 million minutes of the 2018 season viewed live and on demand across Telstra and 9Now platforms including the Netball live app, and more than one million viewers tuned into the Grand Final on Nine, so we’re incredibly excited to see what the fierce 2019 season will bring with the support of our broadcast and league partners.”

Like the 2018 season, two Suncorp Super Netball matches per round will be broadcast live on Nine’s main channel during family-friendly timeslots and two matches will be exclusive to Telstra TV, with all four matches available on the Netball Live app, both live and on demand.

For the first time, a match will be played on the Victorian Queen’s Birthday holiday between the Melbourne Vixens and the Collingwood Magpies and across the season there will 12 matches played during Saturday night timeslots. Suncorp Super Netball will be taken to regional Australia on two occasions with the Collingwood Magpies taking on the West Coast Fever in Bendigo during Round 5 and the Magpies playing the NSW Swifts at the Silverdome in Launceston in Round 13.

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The season will feature two theme rounds with Give for a Goal Round in Round 4, raising funds for Netball Australia’s Confident Girls Foundation, and Indigenous Round in Round 8, which will celebrate Australia’s rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

All eight Suncorp Super Netball clubs will continue to play each other once at home, and once away. For the first time, the season will break for a four-week period from 23 June during the 2019 Netball World Cup, and then resume on 27 July for the final five home-and-away rounds before a three-week finals series, to be contested by the top four-ranked teams.

The 2019 Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final will be held on the 15 September.

source: firebirds.net.au

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