Major Semi Final Preview

Melbourne Vixens v Sunshine Coast Lightning
Saturday 3 June, 4.00pm
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Broadcast: Live on 9Gem, Netball Live App
On Demand Catch Up: 9Now, Telstra TV, Netball Live App

Game Talking Points
Last time they met, Round 10 2017, Vixens (70) defeated Lightning (59)

Vixens shooting statistics
Mwai Kumwenda 40/40 (100%)
Tegan Phillip 30/33 (91%)

Lightning shooting statistics
Caitlin Bassett 41/42 (98%)
Stephanie Wood 18/22 (82%)

  • Simone McKinnis and Noeline Taurua have coached against each other 10 times since 2008, with each coach winning on 5 occasions. McKinnis’ average winning margin over Taurua is 7.4 goals. Taurua’s average winning over McKinnis is 7.4 goals.
  • Noeline Taurua is the second most experienced coach in finals, with 16 finals appearances since 2008, including 1 premiership title (Magic, 2012).
  • Simone McKinnis has coached 5 finals, including 1 premiership title (Vixens, 2014).
  • Laura Langman has taken part in finals in 9 of the past 10 years. Her teammate Geva Mentor has appeared in finals for 8 of the past 10 years.
  • Caitlin Bassett finished second in the home and away season for most goals scored, with the most accuracy, shooting 589 goals from 626 attempts, at 94.1% accuracy.
  • Geva Mentor lead the league for deflections (90) and was ranked second for intercepts (52), behind Sharni Layton. She also lead the league for defensive rebounds (39).
  • Liz Watson topped the league for goal assists (288) and feeds into circle (536) for the home and away season.
  • The Vixens boast the most successful shooting pair in the league, with Mwai Kumwenda and Tegan Philip shooting 874 goals from 981 attempts at 89 percent accuracy. They are the most efficient off their centre pass, converting 601 goals from centre pass.