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Vixens Win in Sydney

The Melbourne Vixens have claimed a nail-biting win with an inspired come-from-behind victory over New South Wales rivals, the Swifts.

The Vixens trailed from the opening minute till the seventh minute mark in the final quarter, when they pegged back a nine goal lead to win by six goals.

The Vixens were inspired after half time, with the introduction of Australian netball veteran Catherine Cox, who announced her retirement from the sport on Friday, to the Goal Attack position.

Fronting up against her former side, Cox was met with cheers from the crowd as she took the court, and proved to be a turning point for the Vixens.

Cox shot 18 goals from 19 attempts in the half, and gained praise from her Captain Bianca Chatfield and coach Simone McKinnis.

“I am just really proud of her [Cox] today, to get out there and play the way she did in that second half that’s why she has been such a legend of the game, the experience she adds for us on court,” Chatfield said.

“Cath was really good, everybody was really supportive of that announcement for her and Cath is all about the team so regardless of what was going on around Cath she was all very much about the team….the girls are super supportive, love that they get to play with her and love that they get to finish out the season, you know playing with Cath Cox,” McKinnis said.

The win sees the Vixens jump into first place on the Championship, followed closely by the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic, the Swifts and the Central Pulse.

The Vixens have now won three games on the road in a row and will head home for a match against the reigning premiers, the Adelaide Thunderbirds, this weekend.

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