The Melbourne Vixens are excited to announce Victorian defender Kate Eddy as their first new signing as they look ahead to the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) season.
The 22-year-old returns home to Melbourne after working with the Vixens as a Training Partner during the inaugural SSN in 2017, before moving north after earning a contract with the NSW Swifts for the past two seasons.
“I’m excited to come back and play next year among some of the girls who have been through the [Victorian] pathway with me,” Eddy reiterated.
“I have a lot of respect for Simone as a coach as well, so I think as a player who plays wing defence I’m going to learn a lot from that.
Eddy played all 14 games for the Swifts in 2018, and in 2019 was an integral member of the NSW Swifts’ premiership-winning squad, before a mid-season ankle injury ended her hopes of taking to the court in the Grand Final.
“I tried really hard to get back for the Grand Final and it didn’t really work too well…I think ramping it up kind of set me back a little bit, but at the moment I’m going well, seeing physios, and I should be fit and ready for pre-season.”
Eddy explained that her injury in Sydney reiterated to her the importance of life outside of netball, which as well as being closer to family and friends, was a factor in her decision to come home.
“When I hurt myself it was a big wakeup call for me. I was very netball-involved in Sydney…it was like I was in like a big bubble and so hurting myself made me realise that I didn’t really have a lot of other things outside of netball.”
Eddy returns to the Vixens from the Swifts with a wealth of both on- and off-court experience.
“I learnt a lot,” she said of her time in Sydney. “I think for me the biggest thing [I learnt] was the importance of culture and being friends with people on court…at the end of the day that’s why you want to win; you want to win with your friends and your family.
Current signings for 2020:
Kate Eddy is a Victorian born and bred netball talent, having played all her junior netball in Victoria, and progressing through the Netball Victoria pathway. Her career highlights to date include winning a National Netball Championship with the Victorian 17 and under s team, an Australian Netball League title with the Victorian Fury, playing for both Ariels and Boroondara in the Victorian Netball League, and being named as vice captain of the Australian Netball World Youth Cup team, which took home the silver medal in Botswana in 2017.
No stranger to the Vixens environment, Eddy was a Training Partner with the Melbourne Vixens in 2017, before being contracted by the NSW Swifts so the 2018 and 2019 seasons of Suncorp Super Netball.