Their attacking play up front reflected their strong start.
But the defensive part did belong to the Melbourne Vixens.
The Vixens defensive protections stuffed the Fever’s missed opportunities.
And it allowed Kate Moloney to control the midfield.
Moloney linked to the Vixens final third well with some successful two-point shots.
Stage 2 saw the Melbourne Vixens mostly take over the game lead.
Their defense has toughened to limit the conversion rates from the Fever.
It is something that the Fever did not match this Vixens strength defensively.
But the Fever still kept their conversion rates ticking.
The Perth team can recover late before half-time with a one point lead.
Half-Time: Vixens 32-33 Fever
Melbourne Vixens looked comfortable in both areas.
They benefit from the early start that made the Fever struggle once again.
The Fever was unable to arrest themselves defensively.
It is where the Perth team lost the lead in the third stage.
And despite some late attacking progress, the Fever needs to solve this issue ASAP.
They are three points behind with the final 15 minutes to sort this out.
Otherwise, it will be the Vixens where their all-round play is enough to win the final.
The emergence of Courtney Bruce helped the Fever retake the lead.
But the rest of their defensive areas still has some square pegs.
And it proved too little, too late for the Fever to fall short.
The Melbourne Vixens fended off the Grand Final win by two points, 66-64.