The 2017 VNL launch and alignments

The 2017 Victorian Netball League (VNL) competition kicks off this Wednesday 26 April.

The VNL is Victoria’s premier netball competition and this season is sure to be a big one, with some new and familiar faces representing each of the clubs.

Netball Victoria, Chief Executive Officer, Rosie King spoke of the quality of the competition

“The Victorian Netball League is an exciting competition and I am looking forward to it kicking off this week,” said King.

“I’d encourage everyone to get along to a game or two this season and see some of the best netball talent the state has to offer, including some very exciting young, emerging stars in action,” said King.

The ten-team competition will be played over 18 rounds at several locations across Melbourne. Round 1 will see all five games played at the State Netball Hockey Centre, where majority of the matches will be played during the season.

With two Melbourne based teams in this year’s Suncorp Super Netball – Australia’s top netball competition – we are pleased to this year align both Melbourne Vixens players and Magpies Netball players to each of the Victorian teams.

Among these alignments are some natural choices, with Vixen, Mwai Kumwenda aligned to Peninsula Waves – the club where she started her netball career in Australia. Magpies star, Ash Brazill has also been aligned to the Waves.

Melbourne Vixen defender, Jo Weston, a former Melbourne University Lightning player and Melbourne University student has been linked to her old club, alongside Magpie Captain, Madi Robinson, who has been aligned to the club for two years previously.

The City West Falcons have four former players aligned to them this season, all of them Vixens, including Captain, Kate Moloney.

Below is a full list of the Suncorp Super Netball player alignments for the 2017 VNL season:


VNL Club Suncorp Super Netball player
ACU Sovereigns Khao Watts
Ariels Kadie-Ann Dehaney
Kim Ravaillion
Boroondara Express Emma Ryde
City West Falcons Kate Moloney
Chloe Watson
Liz Watson
Emily Mannix
DC North East Blaze Micaela Wilson
Caitlin Thwaites
Geelong Cougars Alice Teague-Neeld
Tegan Philip
Melbourne University Lightning Jo Weston
Madi Robinson
Monash University Storm Sharni Layton
Shae Brown
Peninsula Waves Mwai Kumwenda
Ash Brazill
Wilson Storage Southern Saints Cody Lange
April Brandley


These alignments allow our Victorian based Suncorp Super Netball players to align to a selected club and show their support for the team in 2017.

Round 1 starts with a bang, with a grand final rematch between Melbourne University Lightning and City West Falcons. There is no doubt the Falcons will be out for revenge after narrowly losing to the lightning by just one point (53-52) to take home the premiership last August.

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