Kelsey Browne and Madi Robinson will debut together as netball’s sister act this weekend for the Melbourne Vixens in the Pre-Season Shootout at Sydney Olympic Park.
Kelsey first played for the Vixens last year, called in as a replacement for her older sister Madi who ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on her right knee against Perth Fever and put an end to her season. Not only did it end her season, but the Australian rep was also forced last year’s Netball World Cup with the Diamonds.
Madi, the champion wing attack has been named Vixen’s 2016 captain, will put her knee to the test this weekend at the pre-season shoot-out.
"I've been doing everything - like centre passes, all those things - for a little while, so it's good to finally be able to get out there more in a game-like sense for a full 15 minute quarter," she said. "So we'll see how the lungs go. That will be the biggest test." Madi told Fairfax.
New rules will be trialed at the pre-season shot out, with three-point goals and rolling interchanges.
"I think the pre-season comp's a great time to try it; kind of like have a soft opening, and just see how they go, rather than just introduce it straight into games,"
"The three-point one I personally think is a good thing, because, with netball, once a team gets 10 or 12 goals up, the game's done, and if that happens in the second quarter ... yes, it's great when you're the team dominating, but when you're the team trying to get back into the game it's really hard," she added.
"So I think that three-point element means that the game might not be won until the very last quarter in the dying minutes, which I think's really exciting for spectators, but also for the players. If you're even six goals down you can have one turnover and then you're only three down again and you're right back in it. And I'm pretty excited, because I know all of our goalers are not bad long-bomb shots."
Five teams will play in the Sydney-based shoot off, NSW Swifts, Melbourne Vixens, West Coast Fever, Central Pulse and Mainland Tactix.