Kelsey Browne

A debutant impressed despite Melbourne Vixens’ 55-48 loss to the Queensland Firebirds at Hisense Arena this afternoon. After Australian Diamonds midcourter Madi Robinson went down with a season ending ACL injury against West Coast Fever on Monday night, a replacement player was called into the Vixens team.

Robinson’s 23 year old younger sister Kelsey Browne was that player; she came on at wing attack and took her opportunity with both hands.

“Kelsey came on and she did great,” said Vixens coach Simone McKinnis. “I thought she did well, to (be) called in this week and to come on she put some really good balls into the circle. There were some really good signs there for us I thought and the way that the ball moved worked well for us.”

While comparisons are naturally made between sporting siblings, McKinnis was quick to dismiss this.

“There is an element of that, but she’s also very much her own player. I was happy with her first up and thought she did well.”

A decision will be made on whether or not she remains with Vixens as a replacement player for the remainder of this season by Netball Victoria’s list management committee this week.

First year Vixen Chloe Watson also made her ANZ Championship debut after replacing Jo Weston at wing defence during the first half.