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A must win clash for the Vixens
Staff Writers, Thursday, 10 May 2012.
NSW Swifts v. Melbourne Vixens
13 May, 2:20pm
The Melbourne Vixens are hoping to continue their undefeated run against the NSW Swifts in a classic Victoria versus New South Wales rivalry match this Sunday in Sydney.
It will be the first time the teams meet this season, and the Vixens will be looking to make amends for their 12 goal loss in the 12th round last year.
Melbourne Vixens co vice-captain Madison Browne said the match is a ‘must-win’ and that the team aims to build on their performance against the Tactix.
“Once again, we’ll be looking to make a really strong start and place good pressure on the scoreboard. The Swifts are a quality side including Diamonds players and have shown the great depth of their squad over the past few weeks. There’s a fierce rivalry between the two sides so it will definitely be a challenging match,” Browne said.
Head to Head
When the teams last met in Round 12 last season the Swifts defeated the Vixens 45-33
The sides have met 8 times with the ledger being split at four wins each
When the sides met in Round 12 last season the side that won that match earned the right to play in the semi-finals. The Swifts defeated the Vixens by 12 goals and advanced to their third ANZ Championship finals series in four seasons
The Vixens and Swifts are both former winners of the ANZ Championship. The Swifts were the inaugural champions in 2008 while the Vixens won the title in 2009
The Swifts are currently sitting in fourth place on the ANZ Championship ladder with 3 wins and 2 losses. This is the first time the Swifts have resided inside the Top 4 at the end of a round in 2012
The Swifts have played the Vixens on their home courts four times and the Vixens have won three of those four matches
The Swifts have a 23 and 10 record at home for a 70pc win record
The Vixens have the best away record in the ANZ Championship with a 20-11 record at 65pc
The Vixens, Thunderbirds and Mystics remain the only sides to have been inside the Top 4 after each round of the twenty-twelve season