Undefeated through the first three rounds of the season, the Melbourne University Lightning Championship team will play their Victorian Netball League Round 4 clash as the curtain-raiser to the Melbourne Vixens – Waikato Bay of Magic this Sunday 1 May at Hisense Arena.
Having accounted for the DC North East Blaze, Wilson Storage Southern Saints and the Geelong Cougars in the opening rounds, the Lightning will face fierce rival Monash Storm in the firs leg of the University Challenge Trophy. The Storm have also made a solid start to the VNL season and have a 2 – 1 win – loss record having defeated the ACU Sovereigns and Peninsula while dropping their game against the Blaze. The Challenge Trophy, which takes into account the home and away results between the two clubs across Championship, Division 1 and 19 and Under teams, currently resides with the Lightning.
“Just missing out on the finals last season was somewhat tempered by wining the University Challenge Trophy in the final round of season 2015”, said Lightning President Lindy Murphy.
“While we’re playing the Storm in the final round of the season again this year, it’s really important for our Championship team to continue their early momentum, as well as keep us ahead of the ledger in the defense of the University Challenge Trophy “, added Murphy.
The Lightning – Storm curtain-raiser launches what promises to be a huge day of netball at Hisense Arena. The Vixens, currently sitting 4th in the Australian Conference of the ANZ Championship, will be looking to get their season back on track against the Magic who currently sit at the bottom (5th) of the New Zealand table. In the third game of the triple-header, the Victorian Fury launches their defense of the Australian Netball League title against the Canberra Darters.
Melbourne University alumna and Lightning netballer Joanna Weston will be working hard to deny the Magic shooters any easy shots as she defends the goal for the Vixens in the ANZ Championship.
The Lightning will also be well represented in final game of the day with Elle Bennetts, Shannon Eagland, Fiona Themann and Mikaela Vaughan all members of the Victorian Fury squad for their season opening. The Lightning has more players in the Fury than any other VNL club. Unfortunately, this honour also means that the Lightning will often be without these four players during the ANL/VNL seasons.
The Melbourne University Lightning takes on the Monash Storm at 10.20am. The Melbourne Vixens and Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic game starts at 12.00pm. And the Victorian Fury and Canberra Darters play at 3.00pm. Tickets are available from TICKETEK or at Hisense Arena.