Melbourne Vixens co-captain Kate Maloney says her unbeaten Super Netball team are adjusting to the rigours of a condensed season and feel fresh ahead of their third game in eight days.
The teams are settling into the new normal, playing midweek as well as a match each weekend and Maloney said keeping their body and mind recharged would be key.
On their day off on Thursday the Vixens split up, with some staying around their Brisbane base, some heading to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and some to the Gold Coast.
They play their round four match against Adelaide on Sunday at University of the Sunshine Coast, which will follow the clash there between the Lightning and Swifts, who have also won their opening three games.
On Saturday Collingwood and West Coast will meet in the early match in Brisbane, followed by winless Firebirds and Giants.
The Vixens then play their round five game on Tuesday.
“We spoke about (the workload) today and surprisingly we’re feeling really good,” midcourter Maloney told AAP.
“I don’t know if the coaches would agree but as players we love that there’s more playing and less training so it’s more about playing, recovering and getting ready for the next game.”
The Vixens are showing their depth across the court, with Maloney named player of the match in their 63-51 win over the Lightning, all three shooters scoring at least 20 points, and their defenders holding up their end.
“That’s going to be really important in such a condensed season – we’re going to have to use the whole depth of our squad,” Maloney said.
“We’ve got 14 quality players here and everyone who steps out on court is doing a really amazing job.
Looking to add to her six Diamonds caps, Maloney said players were respectful of each other outside of training and games.
“Everyone is really different and being together so much one of the biggest things is respecting each other’s space.
“It’s about working out what works and trying to switch off from netball.”
Lightning coach Kylee Byrne said her team, while able to sleep in their own beds, they were missing the bonding opportunities that came through travelling to away games.
Maloney agreed there were definitely positives about spending the season in a hub.
“We’re loving being together and having time away to work on some things that we might not be able to do if we were in Melbourne,” she said.
“So far it’s been a positive for us.”