Fusion Vixens loving step up to top grade netball

The step up to the top grade couldn’t have gone any better for Dubbo Netball Association Premiership A-reserve winners Fusion Vixens.

They are two from two and shaping up as real contenders for an A-grade finals spot.

“It’s nice to show we belong in this company. We’ve had two wins and hopefully we can keep the momentum going,” Vixens leader Erin Bromage said.

The Vixens, who are part of the massive Fusion club, decided they wanted to move up to A-grade after their title win.

“We’ve got plenty of aspiration and drive to go further. We asked if we could make the step up and the association gave us approval,” Bromage said.

“We came in not really knowing what to expect but we have a good time and we thought we would see how we go.

“I don’t think finals is a stretch given the start we’ve had but it’s early days and if we miss out, we won’t be that disappointed.”

Vixens have only played two of six teams in first grade, beating Vixens Giants 39-23 in the opening round, before a 33-24 win against St Diamonds last week. 

“They both felt like closer games than the final score. We walked off the court [against Diamonds] and didn’t realise we were leading by that much,” Bromage said.

The leader said they were still learning about their rivals, but she said the gap between the leading A-reserve teams and some of top grade teams wasn’t that big.

“I think the top A-reserve teams are pretty similar to the teams we have played so far. We expect there are a couple of side that will be a step up,” she said.

It’s exciting for us. We go into each game not really knowing what to expect.

Erin Bromage

“We watched St Collegians play last week and they looked like they play with more intensity.

“It’s exciting for us. We go into each game not really knowing what to expect but in a few rounds we will have more of an idea about where we stand.”

The Vixens have kept the majority of their team from 2017, but recruited a goal shooter to help their firepower. “We have a fairly strong side across the court,” Bromage said.

In other round two matches Collegians handed Fusion Giants a 63-29 defeat while Fusion Heat beat Fusion Fire 49-29.

In round three matches on Saturday, Vixens take on Fire at 12pm, St Diamonds face the unbeaten St Collegians at 1.30pm and Macquarie Hornets do battle with Giants at 3pm.