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Round 8: Vixens vs GIANTS

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Vixens name squad, coaching panel for SN Reserves

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3 weeks ago

The Melbourne Vixens have today named their squad, coaching panel and support staff for the pilot Super Netball Reserves competition announced by Netball Australia on Friday.

Developed in consultation with member organisations and SSN teams, and supported by the Australian Netball Players’ Association, Super Netball Reserves has been established as a trial to support talent identification and provide additional match play opportunities for athletes on the cusp of SSN.

The competition will run over five weeks from 1 June to 7 July and will be open to fans, with a number of matches to be played following SSN fixtures.

The 16-athlete squad includes the Vixens’ eleventh player Emily Andrew, current squad members Ruby Barkmeyer, Maggie Caris and Gabby Coffey, and an impressive suite of Victorian Netball League (VNL) players including athletes with experience in the Victorian Fury and Victorian State team programs.

Clubs may also elect to include SSN-contracted athletes in their squads to facilitate match play opportunities for those who play limited minutes on SSN game day.

Head coach Tracey Brereton brings a wealth of experience in the Victorian pathway both as a coach and athlete, having played for Vixens predecessor club the Melbourne Kestrels.

Brereton was awarded her elite coaching accreditation in 2022 and has built an impressive record in Victoria’s pathway programs, including as assistant coach of the Victorian Fury and head coach of the Victorian 17/Under team in 2023, head coach of the Victorian 19/Under team at the recent National Netball Championships, and inaugural head coach of new VNL club Bendigo Strikers.

“The new Super Netball Reserves competition will offer valuable match play opportunities for athletes in our pathway, and we’re pleased to have worked with other clubs and member organisations across the country to drive this new initiative,” said General Manager High Performance & Pathways, Megan Simpson.

“We recognise the importance of supporting our athletes, coaches and officials through these initiatives, so they are prepared and capable of stepping into an SSN environment in the future.”

“The talent in our pathway deserves, and will benefit from, more opportunities to compete at this standard. We’ve selected a squad full of emerging athletes who bring great experience from their involvement within our Victorian programs and competitions. We have a passionate head coach, and I’m excited to watch Tracey work with this group of athletes to enhance their development, as they compete against the best from across the country.”

STAFF

Tracey Brereton – Head Coach
Tegan Hopkins – Assistant Coach
Lyndsay Clarke – Strength & Conditioning
Georghia Giannopoulou – Physiotherapy

SQUAD (Victorian Netball League club)

Zali Anderson (Boroondara Express)
Emily Andrew (Southern Saints)
Ruby Barkmeyer (Boroondara Express)
Maggie Caris (Melbourne University Lightning)
Gabby Coffey (Melbourne University Lightning)
Indya Forde (Geelong Cougars)
Isabelle Hodgson (Boroondara Express)
Sharni Lambden (Casey Demons)
Mia Lavis (North East Blaze)
Claudia Mawson (Melbourne University Lightning)
Charlotte Morey (Geelong Cougars)
Charli Nicol (Geelong Cougars)
Charlotte Sexton (Bendigo Strikers)
Ruby Shannon (Western Warriors)
Mia van Wyk (Southern Saints)
Tara Watson (North East Blaze)

FIXTURE

DATE

OPPONENT

TIME (AEST)

VENUE

SSN Round 8

Saturday 1 June

GIANTS

Post-SSN match

John Cain Arena

Sunday 2 June

Swifts

11.00am

State Netball Centre, Parkville

SSN Round 10

Saturday 15 June

Lightning

3.45pm

UniSC Arena

Sunday 16 June

Firebirds

11.30am

Nissan Arena

SSN Round 12

Saturday 29 June

Thunderbirds

Post-SSN Match

Adelaide Entertainment Centre

SSN Round 13

Sunday 7 July

Fever

Post-SSN match

John Cain Arena


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