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Vixens lose top spot, keep the faith

 Melbourne Vixens Head Coach, Simone McKinnis,  . (Photo by Chris Hopkins/Fairfax Media)

Melbourne Vixens coach Simone McKinnis does not believe some kind of pre-finals let-down was inevitable after a stellar eight-game winning sequence, but nor does she think last Sunday's round-12 loss that conceded top spot to the Giants has come without a potential silver lining.

Diamonds shooter opens up about depression

Safe haven: Caitlin Thwaites on court.

The 2014 Glasgow commonwealth games gold medallist said she was initially unaware she was suffering from depression and anxiety, which would often leave her hyperventilating and uncontrollably shaking.

Commonwealth Games magic moment: 1998 netball gold medal game

The Austalian team enjoy their win.

Although the tiny venue felt more like a school gym than an elite sports stadium, and while other Commonwealth Games netball finals (Manchester, Delhi) have been closer and more dramatic, there was something particularly significant about the 1998 gold medal game between - naturally - Australia and New Zealand.