27/02/2024

Maddy Turner excited to play on the road against the Vixens. (Image: NSW Swifts)

Currently, the NSW Swifts sit in second place just behind the Adelaide Thunderbirds heading into their 11th game of the season against a hungry fourth place Melbourne Vixens in the First Nations Round.

Last season, the Swifts only had five wins and missed out on the finals by a goal.

10 games into the 2023 season, the Swifts have won six in a row, and are pushing to finish the season without giving up a win.

The Vixens have not lost at home and superstar Maddy Turner is looking forward to the matchup this Sunday on the road.

“I think it’s a really good test for us as well. Being up against the crowd, being able to do it in front of an away crowd is really important for our season,” Turner said.

Both teams play a similar fast-paced game, and for the Swifts, the finish to the season is all about focusing on what they can control and playing on their terms.

“We’re pretty determined to make sure that the fate was in our hands this year, which, we’re very lucky that is, but obviously we want to keep those wins coming and keep adding to that six in a row.”

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The journey ahead of the clash in Melbourne was more than just preparing physically, extending their knowledge in the week of the First Nations Round.

Working with a First Nations artist Rhianna Lader, the Swifts bonded at a level Turner was pleased to have experienced.

“I feel like she set up a really good painting for us, painting experience for us, but being able to get immersed in the culture and explain what was appropriate, what’s not, I feel like we got a lot of education through it as well.”

“It wasn’t just about paintings and things like that, but it was also really special to put our story out on a canvas and kind of share it with one another as well, the day was really special,” Turner reflected.

The Vixens play the Swifts on Sunday, May 28 at John Cain Arena at 2 pm AEST on Foxtel and Kayo Freebies.

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