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Vixens Find Winning Form

THE Melbourne Vixens have found their winning form again, defeating the Canterbury Tactix in Christchurch on Monday.

The Vixens, who have suffered two defeats in a row at home to the Queensland Firebirds and Waikato/ Bay of Plenty Magic, made the trip to New Zealand desperate for a win to retain their position in the top four.

The Vixens’ started strongly, with all areas of the court performing well.

After the first quarter, the Vixens held a five goal lead over the home side.

The second quarter saw the visitors step up the intensity, scoring 10 goals in a row and leaving the Tactix with a 15 goal deficit at the main break.

It would be a change in the score flow in the third quarter, with the Tactix fast out of the blocks, scoring five unanswered goals in the first five minutes of the third quarter and reducing the margin back to just 10 goals.

By the three-quarter time break, the margin was back out to 14.

The Tactix were unable to maintain the intensity seen in the third quarter, and the Vixens capitalised with the margin growing.

With the biggest lead of the match, the Vixens made a move to bring young defender, Joanna Weston, onto the court at goal defence for her ANZ Championship debut.

The chosen starting combination of shooters, Karyn Bailey and Tegan Caldwell, consolidated their partnership, scoring a combined 67 goals from just 74 attempts at 91 per cent.

The Vixens finished with a percentage boosting win, defeating the Tactix 67 – 43.

The Vixens will now head to Brisbane for their second match against the reigning runners-up, the Queensland Firebirds.


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