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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Cathy Fellows to lead Victorian Pathways Program

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

The VIS and Netball Victoria are thrilled to announce that Cathy Fellows will be joining the Victorian Netball Pathway Programs in 2020.

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Liz Watson |

Monday, 04 November 2019

VIS and Melbourne Vixens netballer Liz Watson has just launched her new website, already starting to consider what life may look like after Netball. Watson wants to encourage everyone to "Be your Best" providing updates to Vixens and Diamonds news, as well as thoughts on Netball, Leadership, Health and Wellbeing.

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Rampaging Diamonds secure Constellation Cup

Monday, 28 October 2019

The Samsung Australian Diamonds have secured their seventh straight Constellation Cup series win after defeating the New Zealand Silver Ferns 53-goals to 46 in-front a record breaking Perth crowd.

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One goal thriller sets up winner-takes-all game four

Monday, 21 October 2019

The Australian Diamonds will have to beat the New Zealand Silver Ferns in Perth if they hope to reclaim the Constellation Cup after going down to the Silver Ferns 53-goals to 54 in Sydney.

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Heartbreak for Diamonds in Christchurch

Monday, 14 October 2019

Another thriller between the Diamonds and Silver Ferns, as New Zealand take a 53 to 52-goal win and go into match two of the 2019 Constellation Cup leading the series.

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Vixens lock in Kate Eddy

Tuesday, 08 October 2019

The Melbourne Vixens are excited to announce Victorian defender Kate Eddy as their first new signing as they look ahead to the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) season.

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Mannix wins Sharelle McMahon Medal

Monday, 30 September 2019

Emily Mannix has well and truly established herself as one of Suncorp Super Netball’s most dominant goalkeepers in the competition. Claiming 45 intercepts out of a total 117 for the entire Melbourne Vixens team, and finishing with 61 deflections and 41 rebounds, Emily has had a standout season.

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Diamonds Constellation Cup Team Announced

Monday, 23 September 2019

The 13-athlete team vying to retain the Constellation Cup against the New Zealand Silver Ferns this October has been named, which includes four VIS athletes; Jo Weston, Caitlin Thwaites, Liz Watson and Liz Watson as well as Kate Moloney and Emily Mannix also named in the extended squad.

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VIS Development Netball Coach & NV Pathways Manager

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

The VIS & Netball Victoria have two exciting brand-new roles that may be combined to suit one candidate or remain separate to suit two.

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Vixens bow out of finals

Monday, 09 September 2019

The Melbourne Vixens’ 2019 season has come to an end after going down to the NSW Swifts in Suncorp Super Netball’s preliminary final in Sydney.

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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