Melbourne Vixens besiegen West Coast Fever im Super Netball Grand Final

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The Melbourne Vixens won the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball title after beating West Coast Fever 66-64 in a thriller at the Nissan Arena on Sunday.

Today’s win is a big year for the Vixens, who win both the Small Premier League and Super Netball trophies in a year they competed against each other in a Queensland-based hub from home.

After both teams played an exciting draw in Round 10, it was no surprise that today’s grand final came to an end.

Melbourne might have won by two points, but the result could easily have swung the other as Alice Teague-Neeld scored a super shot for the lead with a side down, just over a minute ahead.

Teague-Neeld had achieved two super shots from four attempts before their use in the final phase.

But their shot, which looked good at first sight, would ultimately fail when the Vixens secured the rebound and marched onto the pitch with the ball to claim victory.

Mwai Kumwenda was the star of the foxes and was named Player of the Game. She finished the game with 47 goals from 50 shots.

It was also a fitting farewell for retired stars Caitlin Thwaites and Tegan Philip, who are both retiring as champions before Super Netball.

“I don’t even think it’s submerged,” said Thwaites Nine.

“But that went down to the wire. I had confidence that we could play all of these scenarios, we knew exactly what to do.

“I am so proud to be part of this club.

“The fever absolutely deserved us today and I am absolutely spent.

“There’s nothing left out there, time to rest.”

Despite disappointed with the result, Fever captain Courtney Bruce said she was proud of her team and looked forward to doing it all again next season.

“We gave up so much to be here. We continued to grow this year, ”said Bruce.

“2020 has brought us many ups and downs, but I am proud of all the efforts we have made and how far we have come.

“Bring 2021 with you.”

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