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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!

    match preview

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    adelaide thunderbirds

    Coach: Jane Woodlands-Thompson Team Manager: Catherine ForemanAssistant Coach: Judy Greenwood Captain: Natalie Von Bertouch

    Location: Adelaide, SAHome Stadium: Netball SA StadiumColours: Pink, White

    pLAyer dOB heiGhT pOSiTiOn/S 2012 Team

    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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    siMoNe MCkiNNis elissA MACleod shArelle MCMAhoN

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    Coach C, WD, WA GA, GS GK, GD, WD C, WD GK, GD, WD

    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

    Julie Corletto.

    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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