The Melbourne Vixens franchise was launched in 2008, following the amalgamation of the Melbourne Phoenix and Melbourne Kestrels elite netball teams that participated in the pre-existing National Netball League Competition (1997-2007).
The ANZ Championship is the principal professional netball competition in Australia and New Zealand, and is classified as the world’s best netball league.
A leader within the sport, the Melbourne Vixens have claimed the ANZ Championship trophy twice in competition history, winning in 2009 and 2014.
The Melbourne Vixens instil the services of highly qualified and nationally acclaimed coaching staff, physiotherapists, sports scientists, strength and conditioning personnel and operations staff to assist in achieving the pertinent goal of annually winning the ANZ Championship.
The Melbourne Vixens have a strong partnership with the Victorian Institute of Sport, the leading provider of high performance sports programs for talented athletes in Victoria, enabling them to achieve national and international success in netball.
The Australian Netball League (ANL) provides an opportunity within all States and Territories to see some of our best young and up and coming talent in action. The competition bridges the gap between State League competitions and the ANZ Championship.
The under-pinning competition is vital to our national pathway, not only providing players an opportunity to develop but also coaches, umpires and officials. In addition to valuable court time for our developing Vixen athletes.
The ANL was first contested in 2008 and involves teams from all six states and two territories.
The Victorian Fury are the most successful team competing in the ANL, crowned Champions on 6 occasions across the competitions 8 year period.
Three Victorian Fury athletes have been named the Leave MVP:
- Mwai Kumwenda 2013
- Karyn Bailey 2011
- Kathleen Knott 2009
State Team Program
The Netball Victoria State Team program runs over three age groups 17/U, 19/U and 21/U and provides an opportunity for the state’s best athletes to progress through Netball Victoria pathways. The program runs from late October culminating in the National Netball Championships
The National Championships are hosted by a different Member Organisation each year and teams compete in a week long round robin format before culminating in the Final rounds.
Victorian athletes may also be provided an opportunity to participate as an import athlete for either the Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory or Tasmania a process which is facilitated by Netball Australia and the Member organisations.
Netball Australia uses the National Championships to identify talented athletes for National programs with Development Squads selected within the 17U and 19U age groups. A squad is selected in the 21U age group with a team being named each year and provided international experience. The pinnacle of the 21U program is the World Youth Games which occur every 4 years.
Victorian athletes who are Nationally Identified at the National Championships are provided an opportunity train at the VIS through a 1 year Scholarship program.
Netball Victoria has a proud and successful history competing in the National Netball Championships with many athletes progressing through to the Victorian Fury, Melbourne Vixens and eventually the Australian Diamonds.
Netball Victoria Talent Squad
The Netball Victoria (NV) Talent Squad aims to enable identified athletes (outside of those athletes Nationally Identified) to reach their full potential through the provision of innovative and progressive development opportunities.
The NV Talent Squad provides developmental and specialist training opportunities through a 2 Tier Talent Squad system, both overseen by the NV Talent Squad Head Coach with an assistant coach appointed to each Tier. The program runs from July through to October and includes wellbeing sessions and specialist coaching.
The Netball Victoria Zone Academy Program aims to provide development opportunities for talented players, coaches, umpires and team managers, which will assist them to reach their potential.
The program is based on the Netball Australia’s Dare to Develop a Diamonds Academy and has three core components required for completion. These components are:
- Technical and tactical
- Athlete wellbeing
- Physical preparation
Selections days are conducted within each region, these selections are usually held in August and September each year. The Program then goes on to run between February and November culminating in the Inter Academy weekend in October.
Approximately 25-30 athletes are selected for each Zone Academy and invited to participate in the 10 month program for the following year. The squad participates in 8-10 x 3-hour sessions within the Zone.