Pretty Black and White Wrap Up Melbourne Vixens V Collingwood Magpies Round 7 Monday 10 June 2019, Melbourne Arena
The Magpies started hard, scored 4 quick goals and had a very controlled game. Mannix and Weston (Vixens) found it hard to defend Shimona Nelson and amassed the penalties. Ash Brazill was her usual athletic self and turned over the ball which resulted in a goal. Collingwood was up by 5 points with 58% of the possessions at the 5-minute mark and the Vixens called a time out. Kim Ravaillion was all over the loose balls and the Magpie defence forced the Vixens backwards on their centre pass. April Brandley was producing the goods in the circle with an intercept that resulted in a Magpie goal. Nelson became a little nervous under pressure and missed a few easy shots. The result being a time out for Collingwood at the 2.45-minute mark with a 4-goal lead. The advice from the Coach, Rob Wright, whom I might add was absolutely on fire this week, was to maintain the pressure and get the job done and that, they did. The Magpies scored the bonus point at the end of the first quarter and led by 7 goals.
The Vixens applied pressure at the start of the 2nd quarter resulting in a lost centre pass for the Magpies. Brandley recovered a loose ball and Nelson came good and scored. The Vixens switched from Watson to Maloney on Ash Brazill which upped the intensity mid court and around the Magpies defensive end. Nat Medhurst was her cool self under pressure and easily goaled. Nelson followed suit and goaled quickly and often. The Vixens fought back and levelled the score, so the Magpies called a time out; they talked about not conceding the space. This worked but not for Nelson who could not buy a call against the contacting Mannix. Brandley took a brilliant intercept, but it wasn’t paid, and Nelson started to take the ball in front, which was better, more effective play for her. The Vixens took the bonus point at the half time break and the Magpies led by 3 points.
The start of the 3rd quarter saw the battle continue with Geva Mentor taking an intercept and Caitlin Thwaites copping an elbow to the face which she was slow to recover from. Eventually she came off court with a blood nose and Fletcher came in for her. The 1st half of the game produced 35 turnovers showing the absolute intensity by both teams. Poi came on in place of Ravaillion to mix things up in the centre a little with her speed and Thwaites (Vixens) came back on possibly because Fletcher conceded too many balls in the circle. Ravaillion returned after 5 minutes and the intensity continued. The Magpies were outstanding in defence and forced the ball to the edge of the circle giving the opportunistic Mentor an intercept. Nelson was good at scooping up the loose balls but could not convert them. Phillip (Vixens) scored with a long bomb taking the pressure off Thwaites. Thwaites forgot who she was playing against and moved too early on a hold giving Mentor a nice easy pick off. The Vixens took the bonus point at the end of the third quarter and the Magpies led by 2 points.
The final quarter saw the Magpies score quickly and a tidy rebound from Mentor produced yet another Magpie goal. Medhurst shot a long bomb that was all net and the Vixens called a time out as the Magpies led by 5 points. The Pies took their last time out at the 4.50-minute mark only to return and continue the match with the same intensity. This won them the game by 3 points.
Final score Vixens 52 Pies 55 Pies by 3 points
Player of the match Rene Ingles, Vixens
Wow! What a game and what a win. It was hard fought and well deserved. The Magpies started hard and finished that way and at no point did they concede the lead to the Vixens. It felt like a grudge match and in some ways, it was, because technically the Magpies are the ‘new kid in town’ and the Vixens consider this their territory. Rob Wright, the Coach, was the most animated and enthused that I have ever seen him and obviously did some great work with this team during the week. What was interesting is the amount of unforced errors by the Vixens. This demonstrates that the defensive pressure was constant, intense and deliberate.
This week, I liked that there were not too many changes to the team because I think that consistency is the key with this particular team. They were all fired up and enthusiastic for the whole game and it would seem determined to make amends for the previous losses. Possibly putting the other teams on notice. This puts the Magpies in 5th place and in a position to make finals if they continue to produce the goods that they did against the Vixens. Congratulations to Shimona Nelson for reaching the milestone of her 300th goal. Well done!
Next week will be another match of titanic proportions against Lightning who are currently 2nd on the ladder. Looking forward to another exciting game. Go Pies!
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