Samsung Diamonds goaler, Caitlin Thwaites will make her return to the ‘den’, signing with the Melbourne Vixens for the 2019 season.
With 200 games to her name, Bendigo-born Thwaites grew up playing netball in the Victorian pathway, beginning her professional career at the Melbourne Kestrels in 2002.
She was a part of the inaugural Melbourne Vixens team for three years, winning the 2009 premiership, before playing for Central Pulse, NSW Swifts and most recently cross-town rivals, Magpies Netball.
Thwaites has been named in the Samsung Diamonds squad for the past seven years, notching up 41 Test caps.
Thwaites is excited to be a part of the Vixens, a team in which she was one of the foundation players.
“It’s a really exciting opportunity to be a part of what the Vixens have created over the last few years,” said Thwaites.
“I’ve been able to watch from the outside and see they’re definitely a force to come up against.
“It’s a nice synergy that the Vixens was kind of the start for me so I kind of feel like I’m coming home.”
Head coach Simone McKinnis welcomed Caitlin back to the Vixens family.
“We’re thrilled to have Caitlin join us at the Vixens, and I can’t wait to see her join the team,” said McKinnis.
“Her experience spanning over 15 years in the domestic competition, and seven years with the Diamonds will be integral to where we want to go as a club in 2019.
“She’s obviously played quite a bit with most of our athletes in the Diamonds program, and even Renae and Tegan back in her time at the Vixens, so I have no doubt she’ll fit in without any disruption.”
-Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist in 2014
-Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist in 2018
-ANZ Championship winner in 2009 (Vixens)
-Member of the Diamonds’ World Cup winning squad in 2015
-Diamonds debut in 2012
-NSW Swifts MVP 2015
-Central Pulse MVP 2011
-Magpies Netball 2017 Best and Fairest
-Magpies Netball 2018 Runner Up Best and Fairest