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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Aussie Diamonds win Quad Series

Monday, 24 September 2018

The Samsung Diamonds sealed another Netball Quad Series title with a 60-55 win against the New Zealand Silver Ferns at Melbourne Arena on Sunday.

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Energetic second half secured Diamonds the win

Monday, 17 September 2018

The Samsung Diamonds blooded another potential gem as they launched the Netball Quad Series with a 61-44 win against the South African SPAR Proteas at Spark Arena, Auckland.

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Vixens welcome Venter, elevate Honey

Monday, 17 September 2018

The final piece to the Melbourne Vixens 2019 puzzle has been secured with the signings of South African goaler, Ine-Marí Venter and Vixens’ mid-courter, Tayla Honey.

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Watson goes back-to-back

Monday, 03 September 2018

Melbourne Vixens midcourter, Liz Watson has taken out the 2018 Sharelle McMahon Medal for the second year in a row.

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Three Vixens selected in Diamonds team

Monday, 03 September 2018

Melbourne Vixens Liz Watson, Jo Weston and Emily Mannix have been selected in the Samsung Diamonds team that will compete in the Quad Series and Constellation Cup, with the international Test series beginning next month.

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Cut Diamonds

Monday, 13 August 2018

It was the ending no-one predicted: Australia, netball silver medallists at the Commonwealth Games, England champions of the tournament.

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Lightning ends Vixens' finals hopes

Monday, 06 August 2018

The Melbourne Vixens have missed out on making the 2018 finals series, going down to the Sunshine Coast Lightning in Melbourne today, 51-56.

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Vixens go down in GIANT clash

Monday, 23 July 2018

A second half comeback was not enough to see the Vixens take the win in their match against GIANTS Netball, with the visiting team taking the win 60-58.

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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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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