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Vixens hope to work Magic in netball
Melissa Woods
13:25 AEST Sat Jul 21 2012

Melbourne Vixens skipper Bianca Chatfield will take it upon herself to settle the nerves of her inexperienced teammates as they prepare for Sunday's trans-Tasman netball grand final against the Magic.

The 30-year-old former Australian player has logged over 200 games in the current championship format and in its previous form, and was a key member of the Vixens' last title win in 2009.

Of the current line-up, Chatfield, Test defender Julie Corletto and midcourter Chelsey Tregear were in the starting side while England international goalkeeper Geva Mentor and goalshooter Kate Beveridge tasted title success with the Adelaide Thunderbirds in 2010.

Chatfield says she expects some of her side to be very nervous ahead of the biggest games of their netball career and hopes her own experience can help them against the New Zealand powerhouse.

"You have to mentally grapple with how to prepare," she said.

"I've had the experience fortunately enough to be a part of this before but a lot of the girls haven't.

"The great feeling that we have now will be multiplied if we get the job done on Sunday."

Chatfield said they'd try to keep their preparation as normal as possible, rather than worrying about it being a grand final.

"I feel like I take a big responsibility on my shoulders to make the team understand where we're going and what we need to do," she said.

The Magic, from New Zealand's Waikato/Bay of Plenty, are on an 11-match winning streak and aiming for their maiden championship win after grand final appearances in 2008 and 2010.

Vixens coach Julie Hoornweg didn't think the Magic were mentally vulnerable despite their poor record in grand finals.

"Every year it's a new team. This team is very different to last year's for us and I'm sure it's the same for them," Hoornweg said.

"You can't take a lot from what's happened before."

But Chatfield believed their painful losses in the past would spur them on.

"They've been the most consistent team across the five years of the championship, they've always made the finals and have been in three grand finals.

"There's a lot of motivation for themselves to get across the line on Sunday."