Vixens finalise team with Browne and Ryde

3 years ago

The Melbourne Vixens today finalised their squad of 12 athletes for the 2016 ANZ Championship season with midcourter Kelsey Browne and shooter Emma Ryde signing one-year contracts.

Browne, 23, was a replacement player for the Vixens in 2015, debuting in round seven against the Queensland Firebirds, and was named Most Valuable Player of the undefeated Victorian Fury premiership winning side in the 2015 Australian Netball League.

“I burst into tears,” Browne said after learning of her contract to join the Vixens team.

“I’ve been working really hard towards this goal for the last few years and to now have the opportunity to work with a great group of athletes and coaching staff, it really can’t start soon enough.”

Ryde, who recently turned 19, stands at an imposing 197cm and has been a dominant feature for Victoria in underage state teams.

After a stellar 2015 season with Fury, Ryde has been on the radar of national talent identification representatives given her goal-scoring prowess and is currently in Canberra for a month of training at the Centre of Excellence Residential Program.

“I was shocked, but now I’m excited to join this team and learn from everyone,” Ryde said.

Vixens head coach Simone McKinnis was delighted to have two young Victorian athletes joining the team as preparations begin to take shape ahead of next year’s competition.

“Kelsey has had a taste of what the ANZ Championship is about and now she has the opportunity to prepare and consolidate on that after some great performances in the Australian Netball League,” McKinnis said

“She knows the work required at this level, the opportunity is there, now it is up to her to make the most of it.”

“It’s a big step up for Emma but over the last 18 months she has demonstrated her ability to take on each challenge. She has a lot of work to do in the off season to physically prepare for the year ahead and to really build on her current strengths.”

“We have a solid block of time where the girls can get themselves in the best physical and mental shape and while it is an individual focus at the moment, they are all committed to making sure when we come together, we come together ready for the year ahead.”

Browne is the younger sister of Vixens teammate Madi Robinson.

2016 Melbourne Vixens team

Karyn Bailey

Kelsey Browne

Emily Mannix

Geva Mentor

Kate Moloney

Tegan Philip

Madi Robinson

Emma Ryde

Alice Teague-Neeld

Chloe Watson

Liz Watson

Jo Weston

Kelsey Browne Biography:

Started playing at 6-years old for Grovedale West Primary School

Grassroots Club: South Barwon Netball Club (Geelong Football Netball League)

Victorian 17/U State Team: 2008, 2009

Victorian 19/U State Team: 2010, 2011

Victorian 21/U State Team: 2011, 2012, 2013

Australian 19/U Squad: 2010, 2011

Australian 21/U Squad: 2011, 2012

Victorian Fury - 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 (ANL Champions 2013, 2014, 2015 – MVP 2015)

Victorian Fury MVP - 2015

Victorian Flames - 2013

Melbourne Vixens Replacement Player 2015

Emma Ryde Biography:

Started playing 13/U at Fairways Netball Club

Grassroots Club – Frankston and Districts Netball Association

Victorian 17/U State Team: 2012, 2013

Victorian 19/U State Team: 2014, 2015

Australian 19/U Squad: 2014, 2015

Victorian Fury: 2015

Victorian Institute of Sport Scholarship Holder: 2014, 2015

Victorian Netball League Championship Premiers: 2015 (Boorondara Genesis)

Centre of Excellence Residential Scholarship: 2015

Centre of Excellence Talls Camp: 2015

Australian Netball league Champions: 2015 (Victorian Fury)

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