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Interesting facts ahead of the Melbourne Vixens v Southern Steel game in Melbourne on Monday night from the good people who run the tournament.

The Facts:

  • Last meeting: Rd 14, 2012: Vixens 56 defeated Steel 38, Invercargill.
  • The Vixens 11-goal defeat last round was its heaviest loss since Round 12, 2011 when they lost 45-33 to the NSW Swifts in Melbourne.
  • The Steel equaled the club's longest winning streak of four matches with its win over the Kia Magic in Invercargill last round. They previously won four games in a row between Rounds 10-13 in 2010.
  • The Steel remain winless after 13 matches in Australia since the ANZ Championship began in 2008. They are the only New Zealand team not to have won a game in Australia.
  • The Steel is the highest scoring team in the competition this season, averaging 63.6 goals a game. They are just ahead of the Mission Queensland Firebirds, who average 63.5 goals a game.
  • Despite last week's loss, the Vixens remain the No.1 defensive side in the competition, conceding 43.4 goals a match.
  • The Steel have not been beaten when leading at three-quarter time in their last four games. However, in their last three matches, they have trailed at quarter-time.
  • The Vixens have trailed at quarter-time in their past two matches against the NSW Swifts and Mission Queensland Firebirds.
  • The Steel have only won two of its matches played in Round 10 during the five seasons of the ANZ Championship. The Vixens record in the corresponding round is 3-2. These two teams faced off in the same round back in the inaugural season in 2008 at Invercargill with the Steel winning 47-46.
  • Steel goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler's lowest goal tally in a game this season is 41, against the Thunderbirds in Round 3. She is averaging 51.5 goals a match.
  • The highest tally posted in a game by a Vixens player is 40 by Karyn Howarth against the EasiYo Tactix in Round 3.
  • Fowler has scored 412 goals this season. The Vixens trio of Karyn Howarth, Tegan Caldwell and Sharelle McMahon's combined tally is 410.
  • Steel captain Jodi Brown is ranked No.1 in the competition for goal assists with 152. Vixens wing attack Madison Browne is No.2 with 145. The Steel has two players ranked inside the top 10 - Phillipa Finch is the other, with 101.
  • The average age of the Steel is 23.7 years. The Vixens' average age is 26.2 years.
  • Vixens defender Johannah Curran is due to play her 50th ANZ Championship match this round. She reached the milestone of 100 national league games earlier in the season.

The Southland Times