Netball Victoria today named 15 athletes in the 2015 Victorian Fury team ready to defend their 2014 Australian Netball League title.
Fury, undefeated in their past 23 matches, will again challenge for the title with a side potentially boosted by five current Melbourne Vixens athletes.
Netball Victoria High Performance Manager Rebekah Webster said the strength of the athlete pathway in Victoria made for a difficult decision when finalising the team.
“The depth and talent across the Victorian netball landscape definitely made it tough for the selection of a final team of 15 athletes,” Ms Webster said.
“With the strength of the Victorian Netball League and our Victorian State Team programs, we feel confident that we can continue to produce quality netballer’s ready to take on the Australian Netball League.”
“Seven of our current 12 Melbourne Vixens athletes have made their way through this pathway to the elite level, a testament to the coaches, umpires and officials across our state.”
Led by experienced coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell, the side will begin training tomorrow evening ahead of their opening match against the NSW Waratahs on Saturday 20 June.
2015 VICTORIAN FURY TEAM
|Bennetts, Elle||Melbourne University Lightning|
|Bragg, Melissa||Geelong Cougars|
|Browne, Kelsey||VIXENS/Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels*|
|Dunkley, Lara||Boroondara Express|
|Eagland, Shannon||Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels|
|Mannix, Emily||VIXENS/City West Falcons*|
|Priestley, Ella||DC North East Blaze|
|Puopolo, Stephanie||Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels|
|Ryde, Emma||Boroondara Express|
|Sinclair, Gabrielle||Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels|
|Teague-Neeld, Alice||VIXENS/Geelong Cougars*|
|Themann, Fiona||Melbourne University Lightning|
|Vaughan, Mikaela||Melbourne University Lightning|
|Watson, Chloe||VIXENS/City West Falcons*|
|Weston, Joanna||VIXENS/Melbourne University Lightning*|
2015 VICTORIAN FURY TRAINING PARTNERS
|Eddy, Kate||Boroondara Express|
|Lind, Maggie||City West Falcons|
|Reilly, Leah||Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels|
|Samason, Rahni||Wilson Storage Southern Saints|
|Woodlock, Demi||City West Falcons|
*Current Melbourne Vixens ANZ Championship athletes have been selected in the Victorian Fury subject to ANL eligibility rules.