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Vixens back to winning ways over Steel

NETBALL: A game-high 41 goals by Karyn Bailey in her 50th ANZ Championship match helped the Melbourne Vixens beat the Southern Steel 63-54 to snap a three-game losing streak.

Named in the Australian squad during the week for the coming World Cup, Bailey (pictured) sparked an unanswered seven-goal run by the defending champions at the start of the second quarter to set up the win.

One of the highlights of the clash was the match-up between Vixens defender Geva Mentor and star Steel shooter Jhanelle Fowler-Reid. The Jamaican finished with 37 goals from 41 attempts, becoming the fastest player to reach 1500 goals in the competition.

She almost single-handedly dragged the Kiwis to within three goals in the third term, but the Vixens were able to steady and run out easy winners.

The New South Wales Swifts also got back in to the winner's circle, posting an easy 66-50 win over the Northern Mystics.

It was the first win at home this season by the Swifts who were celebrating the 100th game for shooter Caitlin Thwaites.

Mystics shooter Maria Tutaia was on target early after losing forward partner Cathrine Latu to a back injury in the warm-up, but Swifts defender Sharni Layton got on top as the match wore on.

The results continued a dominant weekend for the Australian teams after the Queensland Firebirds beat WBOP Magic 50-42 in Brisbane. The win consolidated the Firebirds in second spot behind the unbeaten West Coast Fever in the Australian conference.


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