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For Melbourne Vixens rookie Kate Moloney, the recent Summer Challenge was not only an opportunity to hit the court for the first time but the chance to build a base with her teammates before they embark on another ANZ Championship title assault.
Undefeated over the weekend, the challenge now for the Vixens is to capitalise on the positive start with only four weeks until the regular season begins against the Northern Mystics in Auckland.
“It was a great chance to put into practice everything I had been working on with Simone and the team in general so it was very exciting for me but it also showed I have a lot more to work on…in terms of playing intensity it is a big step up from ANL,” Moloney said.
Experienced midcourter Elissa Macleod believes the Vixens strength this season will be underpinned by depth and versatility amongst the playing roster. Under the guidance of new coach Simone McKinnis, the new look side is preparing to take their game to the next level.
“Simone is great at driving and pushing ourselves when we are out on court to achieve more, so we are under no illusions that there is a lot of work to be done…she is always wanting us to deliver our most perfect performance because she is aware of what each individual and the team can produce.”
“The score line is not always a telling factor and we won’t read too much into it or get ahead of ourselves at this point. We can take a bit of confidence out of the games but we really need to build over the next four weeks on consistency, our intensity in defence and our strength going into attack.”
The Melbourne Vixens take on the Northern Mystics when Round One of the ANZ Championship returns Monday March 25th at Trusts Stadium in Auckland.