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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Netball World Cup Updates

Monday, 15 July 2019

The Australian Diamonds, featuring VIS netballers Lizzy Watson, Jo Weston and Caitlin Thwaites have made themselves known as the netball World Cup kicked off in Liverpool, England.

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Vic Fury Win Grand Final

Tuesday, 02 July 2019

The Victorian Fury have finished their remarkable season as Premiers of the Deakin University Australian Netball League in a one-goal win over the NSW Waratahs.

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Vixens Giant Effort

Monday, 24 June 2019

The Melbourne Vixens will head into the World Cup break on a high after defeating the GIANTS, 66-57 in Sydney – their second win over the fourth-placed side this year.

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Vixens put out the Fire

Monday, 17 June 2019

An inspired second half saw the Melbourne Vixens make the ultimate fight back, taking a win over the Queensland Firebirds, 71-60 in Queensland.

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Vixens Match Report

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Vixens go down to the Magpies by 3 points in a thriller for the Melbourne Derby.

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Vixens strike on Lightning

Sunday, 02 June 2019

The Melbourne Vixens have returned to form defeating back-to-back reigning premiers Sunshine Coast Lightning, 62-52.

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Diamonds name squad for Netball World Cup

Friday, 31 May 2019

Congratulations to our three Melbourne Vixens players named in the team – Liz Watson, Jo Weston and Caitlin Thwaites.

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Vixens go down to Swifts in Blockbuster clash

Monday, 27 May 2019

The Melbourne Vixens have suffered their first loss of the season, going down to the NSW Swifts by 10 goals, 50-60, in the blockbuster Sargeant McKinnis Cup.

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Nothing separates Vixens and Fever

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

In the most thrilling five minutes of their season, the Melbourne Vixens have clawed back from five goals behind to draw with West Coast Fever in Perth.

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From the NT to the heart of Melbourne: Gabby Coffey

Friday, 17 May 2019

The VIS Marketing team sat down with Victorian Institute of Sport Netballer, Gabrielle Coffey to talk about how she manages her elite sporting career with her study and work commitments.

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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