The Vixens haven’t started the 2021 season as they’d like to, with the reigning premiers starting the season with two losses against the West Coast Fever and Sunshine Coast Lightning.
There’s been a massive overhaul for the Vixens, especially in the attack end, with champion shooters Caitlin Thwaites and Tegan Phillips retiring as well as superstar Liz Watson being ruled out of the season with a foot injury.
Speaking before this weekend’s match against the Swifts, defender Kate Eddy said she dosen’t feel the pressure of being the reigning champions of the Super Netball.
“I guess there was always going to be additional pressure from being the reigning premiers and everything like that,” Eddy told Yarra Valley FM.
“I think for us we did have big losses with Caity Thwaites, Tegan [Phillip] and Lizzy [Watson] as well having the season ending injury.
“We don’t really feel the pressure, we feel like we can go out there and prove everyone wrong because I think everyone has kind of flipped on us other then all of our Vixens fans.”
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Although the first two games didn’t go according to plan there are still some positives to come out of those games, including three club debutants.
“After last year we only had two losses, so different start to the season this year, but I think there is a lot of things to take out from those first two games,” Eddy said.
“We’ve had some new faces debut (Hannah Mundy, Ruby Barkmeyer and Kaylia Stanton) they’ve been great and have improved so much from the first game to the second game.
“I think the more that we play and the more that we train under such intense circumstances now being able to travel around and not just in the hub like last year.
“[It’s] pretty exciting for the how ever many games we’ve got left in the season.”
This weekend the Vixens will take on Eddy’s former side in the New South Wales Swifts, and the banter from the Swifts girls has already started flowing.
“I think I’ve had a few messages from the girls already, it’s a bit of banter and everything like that and a bit of a dig here and there,” she laughed.
“It’s totally fun I love the girls so much and enjoyed my time at the Swifts
“I love playing them in Sydney as well, we get to play at a new stadium which I’ve never played at before and those girls have never played at as well, it’s really exciting.
“I always love playing the Swifts because I think they are such a great team and with the Vixens we match up with them really well as well.
“They’ve come off a loss and we come off two losses. This game is pretty crucial to set the tone for the rest of the season for both us.”
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