New- look Ru­n­aways Navy have Vix­ens locked in their sights tonight

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A NEW-LOOK Ru­n­aways Navy are keen to give the Townsville Premier Net­ball League a shake up.

Af­ter en­joy­ing a com­fort­able 49-27 tri­umph over the Saints Sirens in round one they set the tone, and with Vix­ens 2 on the hori­zon tonight, Ru­n­aways Navy are keen to con­tinue stamp­ing their class.

‘‘ The girls have re­ally gelled well to­gether this year,’’ coach Pam Men­nell said. ‘‘ We are a dif­fer­ent team this year, only a few of the same play­ers from last year. Vir­tu­ally our shoot­ers are the same with the ad­di­tion of Ka­t­rina Pearce.’’

Ru­n­aways will go with­out one of their key de­fend­ers, Sian Roberts, who also missed last week’s game due to a knee in­jury. Men­nell ad­mit­ted she was a big loss.

‘‘ But we won with­out her last week and I’m con­fi­dent again,’’ she said.

It is the first time Vix­ens 2 have played in the Premier League and they are still find­ing their feet, not only as a new team but also play­ing up the ex­tra level.

They will be look­ing to im­prove on t h e i r l o s s l a s t w e e k a g a i n s t High­landers ( 48-30).

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Ho­tel Vix­ens will be out to record a com­fort­able win over High­landers, while a tough c o n t e s t i s e x p e c t e d b e t w e e n Sil­ver­link Bur­dekin and Run­nies White, who have been strong con­tenders year in, year out. In the fi­nal match, Saints Sirens will be keen to im­prove on their dis­ap­point­ing loss to Ru­n­aways Navy last week when they come up against their club mates Saints Sa­loons.

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