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March 31, 2013
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Melbourne Vixens v Adelaide Thunderbirds SundAy, 31 MArch, hiSenSe ArenA, 12.10pMWorld class netball returns to Hisense Arena this weekend when the Melbourne Vixens host the Adelaide Thunderbirds as Round 2 action heats up in the ANZ Championship.
It was a week of highs for both teams with the Vixens coming off a strong win against the Northern Mystics in Auckland, pushing out the lead in the final term to break free for a 60-46 goal victory.
The highlight of the match for fans was cer-tainly the second half battle between former Vixens teammates and Australian Diamonds pairing Sharelle McMahon and Julie Corletto. Both players were the talk of the netball town during the off season, with the return of Mc-Mahon to elite netball; a great achievement for the already successful player and a boost for the sport in general.
The Thunderbirds were a well-oiled ma-chine against a now dangerous Haier Pulse franchise and were able to get the job done in Adelaide with a 49-42 goal win over the Wellington based side.
Fans are in for an exceptional contest between these two classy outfits with his-tory on the Vixens side. Since the inception of the competition in 2008, the Melbourne franchise has posted 7 wins out of 10 when these sides have faced off in regular season matches.
Look out for former Vixen Renae Hallinan lining up in the Thunderbirds wing defence position against Madison Browne, who seems to have maintained her exceptional form if the first round was anything to go on.
Australian captain Natalie von Bertouch will tough it out against Vixen Elissa Macleod in the mid court, whilst Geva Mentor and Bianca Chatfield will have their work cut out in defence against a quality Thunderbirds shooting lineup that boasts Jamaican Carla Borrego and Diamond Erin Bell.
No doubt the team will be hoping the mighty Vixens crowd will help them get over the line and consolidate after a strong opening round of netball!
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Coach: Jane Woodlands-Thompson Team Manager: Catherine ForemanAssistant Coach: Judy Greenwood Captain: Natalie Von Bertouch
Location: Adelaide, SAHome Stadium: Netball SA StadiumColours: Pink, White
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Emily Beaton 09/04/87 1.80m WA, C ThunderbirdsErin Bell 30/04/87 1.78m GA, WA, GS ThunderbirdsCarla Borrego 11/11/83 1.93m GS, GA ThunderbirdsRebecca Bully 18/08/82 1.86m GD, GK ThunderbirdsRenae Hallinan 18/07/86 1.78m WD, C ThunderbirdsSharni Layton 06/01/88 1.87m GK, GD, WD ThunderbirdsLaura Packard 14/03/91 1.82m GS, GA Samantha Poolman 04/03/91 1.89m GK, GD Stephanie Puopolo 12/11/91 1.81m GA, GS Kate Shimmin 13/02/92 1.86m GK, GD ThunderbirdsNatalie von Bertouch 16/12/82 1.75m C, WD ThunderbirdsLeigh Waddington 13/12/84 1.66m C, WD, WA
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melbourne vixensLocation: Melbourne, VictoriaHome Stadium: Hisense ArenaColours: Navy, Crimson & GreenPremier Partner: Jason Bedding
Coach: simone Mckinnis Team Manager: donna MonteathAssistant Coach: eloise southby-halbish Captain: Bianca Chatfield
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pLAyer dOB heiGhT pOSiTiOn/S 2012 Team
Madison Browne 05/01/88 1.68m WA, C VixensTegan Caldwell 03/09/88 1.75m GA, GS VixensBianca Chatfield 02/04/82 1.89m WD, GK, GD VixensJohannah Curran 09/12/86 1.83m GD, WD Shannon Eagland 16/05/90 1.82m GD, WD, C FirebirdsErin Hoare 17/06/89 1.93m GS, GA Karyn Howarth 28/07/86 1.92m GS, GA VixensElissa Macleod 19/03/84 1.73m C, WD, WA FirebirdsSharelle McMahon 12/08/77 1.77m GA, GS Geva Mentor (UK) 17/09/84 1.88m GK, GD, WD VixensKate Moloney 08/01/93 1.76m C, WD Amy Steel 07/04/89 1.90m GD, GK, WC Firebirds
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A legend of the game, she has a reputation for fierce competi-tiveness, extraordinary athletic ability, dynamic speed and poise under the post second to none.A pioneer of the modern game, McMahon has
done it all.
As the former captain of the Australian
Diamonds, a Commonwealth Games gold
medallist, a World Champion, and an ANZ
Championship premiership player with the
Melbourne Vixens, she is one of the greatest
players in recent years.
It was Round 8, 2011 against the Queensland
Firebirds when she suffered an Achilles ten-
don rupture that ruled her out of captaining
Australia to an eventual World Championship
win in Singapore later that year and it has
been a long road back.
Im nervous and excited when that oppor-
tunity comes along but I am ready for it and
going to give it my all, she said.
McMahon made a triumphant return to elite
netball last Monday night in Auckland when
she took the goal attack bib in the third quar-
ter against the Northern Mystics, lining up
against former teammate and friend
What a mouthwatering match up for the
netball community to see in action. Notch-
ing up 10 goals from 14 attempts, McMahon
joined the game off the bench - something
she would not be familiar with - but picked
Readyfor Actionask anyone about netball and they know the name sharelle mcmahon.
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up where the game left off and got involved
straight from the get go. There is no denying
that with the return of McMahon to the ANZ
Championship, she will have the entire net-
ball fraternity watching her every move.
Will she be the Sharelle of old? The answer
she says is a simple no.
Im not going to be the same athlete I was
two years ago. Every year that I have played
netball I have tried to develop and grow into a
better player and this year will be no different.
As I was going through the rehab for my
achilles I certainly wanted to get back out
there on court and having the injury as the
end point of my career didnt seem to sit very
well for me and then having Xavier threw
another thing into the mix.
McMahon is the first Australian ANZ
Championship player to return to the compe-
tition post-pregnancy after giving birth to her
son in August last year. Juggling mother-
hood, netball and work during the season,
McMahon is careful to make sure she has
enough time to dedicate to everyone.
Life is very differentin years gone by I only
had myself to organise and get ready and
things were much less complicated. It was a
decision I didnt make lightly to come back but
I am committed to the team and our goals.
When I play for the Vixens there are always
some nerves mixed in there...its a huge
privilege and responsibility when you wear
the uniform and something that I have a lot
of pride in because I am representing a lot
of people, she said.
McMahon is stepping back into the game
because of the belief she has in her team to
share in victory once more and depart the
game on her terms.
Last year from outside of the group there
wasnt a lot of expectation on what the girls
could achieve but within the
group there was really
strong beliefthis year is
a different feeling
because people are
watching out for this
group and on paper
we do have a very
strong line up.
We have a great
feeling within the group,
its incredibly supportive
across the board and
what I have loved is that
everyone really pushes
each other to get
betterI always have
expectations of myself
and this group has
high expectations and
standards for everyone
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