The Round 12 encounter between the Melbourne Vixens and West Coast Fever was one of, if not the most important clash of the season for these two teams, with a spot in the Australian Conference finals on the line.
The result was a five-goal win to the Vixens at home, putting them in a favourable position, one game clear in third place on the Australian Conference ladder with only two games to play.
The game was played out in front of the biggest Melbourne Vixens home crowd of 2016.
Vixens’ captain Madi Robinson was named match MVP for the sixth time this season, collecting 16 centre pass receives, 14 goal assists and 31 feeds for the game.
Goal shooter Karyn Bailey also impressed with 42 goals from 46 attempts, shooting at 100 per cent in the first and third terms. At the other end of the court, it was youngster Jo Weston who stood out with six deflections and three rebounds.
A dominant third quarter effort from West Coast Fever brought the margin down to just one goal late in the third term. This third quarter dominance was spearheaded by shooting duo Caitlin Bassett who scored 13 goals and Natalie Medhurst who scored four goals and had three goal assists and 12 feeds.
On Saturday night, the NSW Swifts returned back to the winner’s list after their one-goal defeat in Round 11, running out 14-goal victors against the Adelaide Thunderbirds on the road
Once again, it was replacement shooter Kristina Brice who impressed for the Thunderbirds in the circle, netting 42 goals from 51 attempts. Her battle with tough competitor Sharni Layton was an entertaining match-up to watch, Layton collecting three intercepts and 12 deflections.
Sharp-shooter Susan Pettitt wowed in the visitor’s shooting circle, shooting at 97 per cent and only missing one goal for the game, earning her the match MVP.
The Swifts’ win elevated them back into first place on the Australian Conference ladder, with the Firebirds enjoying their bye week in Round 12.