The Melbourne Vixens are still seeking their first win of the 2021 season after going down to the undefeated Giants 68-59 at John Cain Arena.
It was a disappointing end for the reigning premiers, as they were able to come within one goal of the Giants late in the third.
The Giants shooting combination was proflic once again, while Mwai Kumenda was pulling out all the stops down the other end.
Vixens coach Simone McKinnis thought her side played some of their best netball in 2021.
“I thought we played some of our best netball that we played at different times of that game that we’ve shown so far this season,” she said.
“I thought there were some really positive plays, i thought there was some good flow of the ball and letting it go to MJ.”
“You hate to see a score like that, we were in the contests and we were in the game for the most part so it’s disappointing to see it blow out.”
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The Giants dominated the final quarter, scoring 19 goals to 12, which left McKinnis frustrated.
“You’ve got to acknowledge that in these games it’s got to be 60 plus minutes of it and that one minute, thirty seconds or a minute here a minute there really opens it up and that’s the way it is,” she said.
“They shot exceptionally well and we’ve got to be nailing our shots more. There was hard work but you can’t be comfortable with working hard and nearly.
“We’ve got to be demanding more of each other and pushing for more from each other. While there was some positive stuff out there, as i said we were in the match for the most part but we’ve got to push on and grab ahold of it.”
The Vixens will now turn their focus to the Queensland Firebirds while the Giants will head west to take on fellow undefeated side West Coast Fever.