The NSW Swifts have jumped to the top of the Suncorp Super Netball table while the Queensland Firebirds are still looking for their first win of the 2019 season.
Sunshine Coast Lightning v Melbourne Vixens
The Vixens have claimed their fourth win of the season with a 62 to 52 victory over the Lightning. It was a top of the table clash with Lightning sitting second and the Vixens third.
The Lightning took early control through captain Laura Langman with shooters in Steph Wood and Peace Proscovia capitalising well. For the Vixens, their attack end was congested as Liz Watson and captain Kate Moloney struggled to find the space to feed into their goal circle.
However, the Melbourne-based side fought back late in the first quarter to narrow the gap and this form would only continue into the next quarter to take a convincing seven-goal lead halfway through.
It forced Lightning to change up their attacking structure by bringing on Cara Koenen into goal shooter for Proscovia but still couldn’t find answers in their attack end and by halftime the Vixens had a 32-25 lead.
The Vixens midcourt were strong making their transition down the court on several occasions and the Lightning again were forced to change up their attack end again this time moving Steph Wood from goal attack to wing attack, Koenen to GA and Proscovia back in goal shooter.
The Lightning were determined to claim the final bonus point of the match and held strong, particularly in their attack end with much more movement taking place in the goal ring, making it easy for wing attack Laura Scherian and Langman to feed in.
The strong finish saw the Lightning reduce the final margin to 10 and also win the quarter.