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Langman a big fan of opponent Robinson

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/07/2016 Adrian Warren

NSW Swifts star Laura Langman is a big fan of Madi Robinson.

But she knows she has a massive role to play in shutting down the Melbourne Vixens midcourt ace in the trans-Tasman netball Australian conference elimination final.

The second-placed Swifts host the third-placed Vixens at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on Sunday.

The winner will advance to a conference final clash in Brisbane against defending champions Queensland Firebirds the following Sunday and the loser will be eliminated.

Swifts beat Vixens by 28 goals at home and by eight in Melbourne.

Wing defence Langman played on wing attack and Vixens captain Robinson in both of those games.

New Zealand star Langman noted the improvement in the Diamonds' stalwart's form through the season, after Robinson returned from a knee reconstruction, which sidelined her for most of last year.

"She's just gone from strength to strength every game she's played," Langman told AAP.

"Her ability to feed any shooter in terms of her links with every shooter in their team is something I really admire."

Robinson is adamant Vixens have what it takes to win the final trans-Tasman competition.

"We have all the belief, we have got all the talent, now we just need to put it into action," Robinson said on the Vixens' website.

Both teams got a taste of finals netball a week early.before meeting in what surprisingly is their first finals match against each other.

Vixens had to beat the Pulse to clinch third spot in the Australian conference, while the Swifts lost their chance to finish top after, being held to a home draw by unbeaten NZ conference leader Southern Steel.

"We were really disappointed we didn't take the win, but there's been a lot of chatter about what's required for the next two weeks going forward," Langman said.

"This 2016 group will never be together again and it's a really special opportunity to write our own journey and write our story."

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