19 Jul 2012

Vixens prepared for Magic netball intimidation

12:07 pm on 19 July 2012

The Melbourne Vixens skipper Bianca Chatfield says the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic's experienced defenders will be out to rattle her young shooters in Sunday's trans-Tasman netball championship grand final.

The Silver Ferns captain Casey Williams and veteran goal-keeper Liana de Bruin present a fearsome combination against the relatively inexperienced Vixens, who are still to finalise their goal circle combination for the match in Melbourne.

The goal attack Tegan Caldwell will be matched with Karyn Howarth or Kate Beveridge.

Chatfield expects the Magic will try to intimidate her players from the opening whistle but says they will aim to do the same thing on the visitors' attack end.

Chatfield believes her players, particularly Caldwell who has stepped up in the absence of pregnant former skipper Sharelle McMahon, will shine.

This will be the Magic's third trans-Tasman grand final, so far without success, while the Vixens claimed the title in 2009.