Melbourne Vixens wary of Magic defensive duo

MELISSA WOODS
Last updated 17:30 18/07/2012
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HIGH STANDARDS: Casey Williams of the Magic competes with Carla Borrego of the Thunderbirds.

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

Silver Ferns duo 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 at Melbourne's Hisense Arena.

Goal attack Tegan Caldwell, 23, will be matched with Karyn  Howarth, 25, or Kate Beveridge, 26, who has played in the  Australian Fastnet team.

Chatfield expects the Magic to try to intimidate her players from the opening whistle.

''That will be exactly what they'll aim to do as defenders,'' she said.

''They would have watched our other games and will think they have an understanding of what makes us vulnerable.

''But we're there to do the same thing so we'll also be putting pressure on their attack end.''

Chatfield said it wasn't an area she was worried about and believed the players, particularly Caldwell who has stepped up in  the absence of pregnant former skipper Sharelle McMahon, would shine.

''Tegan's really grown up this year and has really taken on the challenge that we've set her.

''Her and Karyn stood up when they needed to in the semi-final which gave them a lot of confidence.

''We're going to look at it as an opportunity for our young goalers to be able to come up against one of the greatest defensive combinations at the moment.''

The Magic, who were forced to go into overtime on Monday night to win their semi-final against the Mystics, won't arrive in  Australia until Saturday afternoon.

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

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