15/04/2024

The Vixens will reflect on their poor 2021 season. (Photo: Super Netball/Twitter)

The Melbourne Vixens couldn't finish the season the way they would have hoped for after a down to the wire loss to the Queensland Firebirds.

The Melbourne Vixens didn’t finish the season the way they would have liked after a loss to the Queensland Firebirds (58-62).

It was a disappointing championship defence for the Melbourne Vixens after finishing on the bottom of the ladder in 2021, and the game last night summed up their season in the way that they played in patches.

Coach Simone McKinnis said that she was happy with the way her team continued to keep themselves in the game.

“I think the way we came back out in that first quarter was solid,” McKinnis said.

“It was really tough and competitive first quarter. I think we came out in the third quarter and really took it on again and really turned and got ourselves back in the game, was really impressive and the little moments in that last quarter that let it slip a bit.

“Certainty they worked hard and until the end.”

Ruby Barkmeyer came on and made a big difference and combined well with fellow shooter Mwai Kumwenda.

“I thought Ruby came on really well, I think everybody had their moments across the game,” McKinnis said.

“Ruby came on really well and I’m not sure how many MJ shot but she shot quite a few once she’d settled into it.

“Hannah and Ruby working across that transverse line was pretty impressive and will have that experience going forward.”

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Now that the Vixens season is over, it’s time for the team to reflect on the season that was and how they can turn it around in the 2022 season. McKinnis said there has been than a few things that the Vixens have learned about themselves.

“There’s a lot to reflect on to be honest, I’ll do that.

“In a season like this there is heaps to learn… you learn about yourself and learn about your squad. I’ve certainly learnt that I’ve got amazing staff and an amazing group of athletes that have gone above and beyond to keep competing this season and I’m really fortunate.”

The Vixens leaders have stood up this season to mentor the likes of Hannah Mundy and Ruby Barkmeyer. Captain Kate Moloney has been a stand out in her encouragement and passion out on court.

“We’ve got some really strong leaders,” McKinnis said.

“Kate is very vocal and a passionate leader for the team and she’s super important, she drives the passion and the energy but we do have some leaders that support her as well.

“It’s been in a tough season like this, it has been super important and I’ve been really impressed with the leadership across the squad this year.”

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