Emily Mannix, a St Leondard's local, made her Vixens 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 pair's connection on court, the two perform like a well oiled machine in the defensive circle for Australia in the international test series.
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