Here’s to you, Mrs Robinson, on 100 games

Melbourne Vixens will be hoping to make their trip to Christchurch a memorable one for inspirational captain Madi Robinson as she prepares for her 100th ANZ Championship appearance in Round 6 action.

Robinson, pictured, has bounced back strongly after missing most of 2015 with a knee injury, winning two Most Valuable Player awards in the Vixens’ opening four matches – including in their 23-goal demolition of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic last round.

Robinson, a two-time winner of the Liz Ellis Diamond, was a Vixens foundation player in 2008 before heading west for two seasons at West Coast Fever (2009-2010). She returned to Melbourne in 2011 and was appointed Vixens’ captain this season following the retirement of Bianca Chatfield.

Tactix are yet to beat Vixens in eight previous ANZ Championship meetings but head into this clash coming off back-to-back victories for the first time since 2009.

Vixens will be eager to stay in touch with the top three teams on the Australian Conference ladder.

Queensland Firebirds open the round in Brisbane on Saturday afternoon, taking on the Northern Mystics.

A Firebirds win will see their coach Roselee Jencke, pictured right, equal the league record of 70 victories currently held by Jane Woodlands-Thompson – who will coincidently be sitting on the opposition team bench in her new role as Mystics’ specialist coach.

The NSW Swifts will be looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season when it hosts Central Pulse at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on Sunday.

New Zealand Conference ladder leaders Southern Steel make the trip to Adelaide to take on the Thunderbirds at Priceline Stadium.

The South Australian capital holds special memories for Steel as it was the place where they claimed their only victory to date on Australian soil back in 2014.

The Thunderbirds went close to claiming their first win of the season in Auckland last round and will be determined to give their loyal, home crowd something to cheer about this weekend.

West Coast Fever completes its double header road trip across the Tasman when it faces Magic at Tauranga on Monday night. Both sides are coming off defeats and Magic will be desperate to claim their first win of the season in front of a home crowd.

Fever will be keen to take the points off Magic for the first time in New Zealand. Their last visit to Tauranga resulted in a 17-goal loss.