The 2014 ANZ Championship season came to a close in spectacular fashion yesterday with the Melbourne Vixens defeating the Mission Queensland Firebirds by 11 goals to secure the ANZ Championship Grand Final.
It was a fitting end to the netball career of Australian Diamonds great Catherine Cox who took the court for the final quarter to lift the Vixens team and propel them to finish the game strongly.
The Firebirds fought hard and stuck with the Vixens for the first three quarters but with the injection of Cox and the 9000+ strong Melbourne crowd cheering the Vixens home, the final stanza was all green and navy.
The Vixens become the second club to hold two ANZ Championship titles after the Adelaide Thunderbirds won their second last year, also over the Firebirds.
Tegan Caldwell was superb in goal attack for the Vixens, shooting 30 goals from 33 attempts and being awarded the Grand Final MVP medal.
After the game Caldwell was elated by the win and reflected on her own performance as well as that of the Vixens team.
“I can’t believe it, it’s still soaking in. This (best on court medal) is just something to top off a win that’s for sure but credit to all the team and the girls.”
Captain Bianca Chatfield was equally proud of the team effort that was put in to bring home the win.
“I absolutely love this but it’s not about me. I get the most satisfaction out of seeing the big smiles on the faces of these girls who have never won one before. These girls are special. It’s a great team.”
Yesterday’s ANZ Championship Grand Final brings the season to a close for 2014 with the Trans-Tasman Netball League already planning for the 2015 season.