Kiera Austin has delivered once more for the Melbourne Vixens, sinking one other game-winning two-point purpose after the siren to defeat Sunshine Coast Lightning 62-61 and hold final season’s grand finalists on observe for an additional Tremendous Netball finals look
The Lightning had been on the verge of a well-known comeback on the Sunshine Coast on Sunday after Steph Wooden drained 5 Tremendous pictures within the fourth quarter to assist the house aspect get better from a 10-goal deficit to take the lead with 45 seconds to play.
However in a carbon copy of spherical eight’s last-gasp victory over West Coast Fever, the Vixens labored the ball to the purpose circle within the closing moments and Austin cooly slotted a penalty shot from two-point vary after time had expired handy the Vixens their third win on the trot.
The consequence sees the Vixens transfer three wins away from the fifth-placed Lightning and set up a transparent divide between the highest 4 groups and the remainder of the competitors with 5 rounds remaining.
“That recreation was very exhausting however I am simply happy with the ladies, and that Kiera [took] that shot and we gained the sport,” Vixens goaler Mwai Kumwenda stated after handing Austin the duty for taking the game-winning shot in back-to-back video games.
Melbourne opened the match with 10 of the primary 12 objectives because the Lightning imploded with a sequence of errant passes into the purpose circle, the guests holding Sunshine Coast to the lowest-scoring quarter by any workforce this season.
Vixens coach Simone McKinnis opted to start out Emily Mannix forward of in-form purpose keeper Liv Lewis and the 29-year-old delivered a defensive masterclass within the opening interval with three positive factors and two intercepts because the guests took a 17-6 lead.
Regardless of some eye-catching performances from Lewis in current matchups towards imposing purpose shooters Jhaniele Fowler and Donnell Wallam, McKinnis backed Mannix’s means to trace the agility of Lightning duo Cara Koenen and Wooden.
“That was why we went with Emily as we speak,” McKinnis advised Fox Sports activities.
“It is horses for programs and that is why you might have a depth in a squad and that is why you might have a wide range of totally different gamers in a squad.”
The Lightning couldn’t make main inroads into Melbourne’s benefit within the second stanza with Jo Weston producing a pair of late turnovers to keep up a 30-20 buffer at half-time.
Sunshine Coast’s hopes of snapping their two-game shedding streak took a blow when Wooden left the sport late within the third quarter with a rib criticism.
She returned to steer a surprising revival with a flurry of long-range bombs that noticed the Lightning hit the entrance however they had been unable to disclaim Austin her decisive second.