Victorian Institute of Sport


The primary aim of the VIS netball program is to prepare Victorian athletes for competition at elite level and for selection in State and National teams.

The primary aim of the VIS netball program is to prepare Victorian athletes for competition at elite level, both the ANZ Championship and the Australian National League (ANL), and to prepare athletes for selection in State and National teams.

In conjunction with the elite pathways, the program works in partnership with Netball Australia (NA) and Netball Victoria (NV), to deliver an underpinning program that provides world class coaching, training and support services to targeted nationally identified underage squad athletes to assist them to improve their competitive performance and reach their full potential on and off the court.

The VIS awards scholarships to twelve Melbourne Vixens athletes and a further twelve scholarships to athletes in the Netball Victoria pathway that have been nationally identified in the underage National Championships.

The Vixens high performance training program is based on preparing for and competing in the ANZ Championship, which consists of 13 home and away rounds plus a 3 week finals series. 

The demands of the competition require the athletes to perform maximal short, high intensity repeat efforts while maintaining their skill and concentration.  Strategies for recovery and regeneration are also important to enable the athletes to back up efforts within sessions and across the many training sessions each week.

The weekly training regime consists of skill training, fitness and strength training, sport science, strategic preparation, match analysis, sports medicine and ACE activities, with the athletes utilising the specialist facilities of the VIS gym for physical preparation, and various outdoor venues for skill based training.

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Mannix gets Diamond call

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Melbourne Vixens star defender, Emily Mannix, has been called into the Australian Diamonds Quad Series side following a late withdrawal.

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Vixens announce training partners

Saturday, 29 July 2017

The Melbourne Vixens have announced four netballers as their training partners for the 2018 Suncorp Super Netball season.

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Silver for Aussies at World Youth Cup

Saturday, 22 July 2017

The Australian Netball World Youth Cup team have claimed silver at the World Youth Cup in Botswana over the weekend.

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Diamonds made under Netball pressure

Saturday, 01 July 2017

Five VIS scholarship holders have been selected in the Australian Diamonds squad for the Netball Quad Series and Constellation Cup.

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Watson wins Sharelle McMahon medal

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Liz Watson has topped off a standout season, winning the prestigious Sharelle McMahon medal.

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Vixens fall to GIANTS in Final

Saturday, 10 June 2017

The Melbourne Vixens have gone down 57-65 against the GIANTS Netball in the Super Netball Preliminary Final on Saturday night.

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Vixens hit by Lightning in Final

Saturday, 03 June 2017

The Melbourne Vixens have gone down by one goal to the Sunshine Coast Lightning in the Super Netball semi-final.

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Vixens claim minor premiership

Sunday, 28 May 2017

The Vixens have taken out the minor premiership in the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball competition.

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Vixens back on top

Monday, 22 May 2017

The Melbourne Vixens reclaimed top spot on the Suncorp Super Netball ladder with a 71-50 win over the Adelaide Thunderbirds at Margaret Court Arena.

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Vixens fall in GIANT battle

Sunday, 14 May 2017

The Melbourne Vixens narrowly lost to GIANTS Netball over the weekend 56-52 in Canberra.

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Head Coach

Simone McKinnis

Assistant Coach

Diane Honey

Development Coach

Leesa Gallard  


Training Venues

VIS Gymnasium

State Netball and Hockey Centre


Netball Australia

Netball Victoria

Other Netball athletes