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Vixens beat Thunderbirds 57-51 in netball

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/05/2016 Samantha Sonogan
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The Melbourne Vixens have increased their likelihood of a finals berth with a 57-51 victory over the winless Adelaide Thunderbirds at Margaret Court Arena.

The six-goal win sees the Melbourne side remain in third place on the ladder and with a game in hand over the next best West Coast Fever.

The Vixens (5-3) led from start to finish in a physical encounter on Saturday night.

Shooter Karen Bailey top-scored for the home side with 34 goals from 36 attempts, and Alice Teague-Neeld made 23 from 31.

Accuracy at goal has been an issue for the Vixens this season but tonight's performance of 85 per cent is five points above their season record.

Facing a six-goal, 14-8 deficit at the first break, Thunderbirds coach Michelle Den Dekker opted to introduce 196cm shooter Kristina Brice (27 from 30) for Carla Borrego (six from eight).

Brice made an instant impact and the Thunderbirds closed to within three goals as the new shooter shot nine goals from as many attempts.

However, the Vixens fought back to take a 29-22 advantage into halftime, one that would increase to 10 goals (46-36) at the last break.

The Vixens will play defending champions and top-of-the-table Queensland Firebirds next week in Brisbane.

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