The Melbourne Vixens have secured the signatures of another five athletes as the team prepares for the 2016 ANZ Championship season.
Tegan Philip, Liz Watson, Jo Weston, Chloe Watson and Emily Mannix will all remain Melbourne Vixens for at least two more years, signing new contracts and keeping this talented group of young players together.
These five players join Madi Robinson whose new 2 year contract was announced last week; with Karyn Bailey, Kate Moloney, Alice Teague-Neeld and Geva Mentor already contracted for 2016..
Coach Simone McKinnis is looking forward to continuing to develop the Melbourne Vixens team.
“I’m really excited with how our 2016 team is taking shape, the long term potential of our team and the progress we have all made as individuals means we can continue the work we started this year,” said McKinnis.
Whilst last season didn’t deliver the back-to-back premiership the team sought, Coach McKinnis said there were many positives.
“The dedication of this group of athletes in regard to pushing themselves to be the best both individually and as a team is very encouraging for us as a group.”
“Our current list shows the work Netball Victoria, Melbourne Vixens and VIS commit to developing our home-grown talent,” said McKinnis.
Jo Weston is looking forward to spending another two years with the Vixens, hoping to develop her play and bring home another Championship title.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute competing with the Melbourne Vixens and can’t wait to spend at least another two years with the team,” said Weston.
“I feel like I’ve grown a lot; both as a person and a player.”
Weston has been selected as vice-captain of the Australian 21/U side in the upcoming series of matches against the World Cup international teams of Australia, New Zealand and England; with fellow Melbourne Vixen Liz Watson announced as captain.
The pair have played netball together since they were 14 and believe the leadership they’ve played under, including experience alongside Bianca Chatfield most recently, will stand them in good stead as they assume their new roles.
Weston described Chatfield as a “real inspiration” to her teammates.
“She embodies what sporting leadership looks like,” Weston said. “She’s got an amazing ability to build a team work ethic but also encourages those around her to become better in all aspects of their lives.”
Watson, who has undertaken leadership courses at the Victorian Institute of Sport and demonstrated genuine leadership on court with the Vixens, said she was thrilled when told of the news of her selection as captain.
“It’s an honour and privilege to represent Australia at any level,” Watson said.
“But to captain these amazing athletes is something I’m extremely proud of. Every single player in the team is not only an amazing netballer, but they are also all great people.
The Australian 21/U side will face the Diamonds, Silver Ferns and England in Newcastle and Sydney in the first week of August as part of those countries’ preparations for the 2015 Netball World Cup.
Following today’s announcement, the Melbourne Vixens only have two positions left to complete the playing roster.
ANZ Championship teams must submit their full lists for the 2016 season to the Trans-Tasman Netball League by Tuesday 1 September 2015.
2016 Melbourne Vixens team