Emily Mannix has stepped-up in 2017, flourishing in her first year of regular court time.
The player from Geelong made her debut in 2015, and impressed despite having limited opportunities.
Learning from two of the best defenders in the business, Bianca Chatfield and Geva Mentor, Mannix’s time, patience and learning as understudy prepared her to make an impact out on court.
Rewarded for her outstanding season, Mannix finished Runner-Up in the 2017 Sharelle McMahon Medal, and made her Samsung Australian Diamonds debut.
Mannix and her Vixens’ partner in defence, Jo Weston, are no strangers, playing much of their state underage netball together.
In a demonstration of the pairs connection on court, the two performed like a well oiled machine in the defensive circle for Australia in the final Quad Series match against the New Zealand Silver Ferns in 2017.
Individual Awards and Achievements:
- 2015 Melbourne Vixens debut
- 2016 Melbourne Vixens Coaches Award
- 2017 Melbourne Vixens MVP Runners-Up
- 2017 Samsung Australian Diamonds debut
- 2018 Melbourne Vixens Coaches Award
At what age, and how did you become involved in netball? I started playing aged six. I did a lot of different sports so gave netball a go.
Who is your favourite netball player of all-time, and why? Sharelle McMahon.
What is your favourite dish to cook at home? Tacos. I could eat them every day.
Do you have any pets? 2 dogs (Max and Poppy) and 4 chickens.
Do you have any hobbies? I love the outdoors, so bush camping, fishing with dad and anything to do with the beach.
Favourite Disney movie? Recently watched Coco and it was pretty cool
AFL Team: North Melbourne Football Club
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A vet
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.
What is your greatest netball achievement? Debuting for the Vixens and Australian Diamonds