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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Vixens claim fifth win in a row

Monday, 16 July 2018

The Melbourne Vixens have claimed their fifth win in a row, defeating the Adelaide Thunderbirds in Round 11 of Suncorp Super Netball, 73-48.

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Six VIS Vixens named as Diamonds

Monday, 16 July 2018

The 17-strong Samsung Australian Diamonds squad included six VIS athletes who will compete for the 2018 Quad Series and Constellation Cup in Australia and New Zealand this September-October.

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Vixens put out the Firebirds

Monday, 09 July 2018

The Melbourne Vixens have claimed a crucial win against the Queensland Firebirds in a nail biter on the Gold Coast, defeating the home team 58-57.

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Rahni Samason named MVP

Monday, 09 July 2018

Victorian Institute of Sport netballer, Rahni Samason was last week named Australian Netball League MVP, after a fantastic season with the Victorian Fury.

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Vixens retain the Sargeant-McKinnis Cup

Monday, 02 July 2018

The Melbourne Vixens proved too good for the NSW Swifts, defeating the home side 65-58 to claim the 2018 Sargeant-McKinnis Cup.

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Vixens make it four on the trot

Monday, 25 June 2018

The Melbourne Vixens have made it four straight wins against cross-town rivals, Magpies Netball, claiming a come-from-behind win 65-57.

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Vixens topple ladder leaders Westcoast Fever

Monday, 18 June 2018

The Melbourne Vixens have defeated ladder-leading West Coast Fever by 14 goals, in a high-intensity match at Hisense Arena.

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Vixens win season opener in a thriller

Monday, 30 April 2018

The Melbourne Vixens have claimed the first win of the 2018 Suncorp Super Netball season, defeating cross-town rivals Magpies Netball 59-58 in a thrilling contest!

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VIS' rising stars on show for Victoria

Monday, 23 April 2018

VIS’ future netball stars were on display at last week’s National U19 and U17 Netball Championships playing for Victoria.

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2018 Melbourne Vixens Preview

Monday, 23 April 2018

With round one starting at 3pm on Saturday for the Melbourne Vixens, here’s everything you need to know in the lead-up to the first whistle.

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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