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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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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Vixens Take Down The Thunderbirds

Monday, 13 May 2019

The Melbourne Vixens have continued their successful start to the season, claiming a win over the Adelaide Thunderbirds, 58-42 in their first trip away for 2019.

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Vixens claim the battle with the Giants

Monday, 06 May 2019

The Melbourne Vixens have managed their second win for the season, defeating the GIANTS 61-45 in a competitive defensive game.

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Melbourne Vixens claim first match

Monday, 29 April 2019

The Melbourne Vixens have fought back from behind after a strong start from the Queensland Firebirds, to claim the first match of the Suncorp Super Netball season, 73-61.

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Honey to miss season after Achilles Tear

Monday, 11 February 2019

Melbourne Vixens/VIS mid-courter, Tayla Honey, will miss the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball season after scans confirmed she has torn her Achilles tendon.

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Three in a row

Monday, 21 January 2019

The Diamonds have won their third straight Quad Series trophy, despite going down 52 to 49 in a tough final match of the series to England in London’s Copper Box Arena.

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Diamonds start off with a win

Monday, 14 January 2019

The Samsung Australian Diamonds have started their Northern Quad Series campaign with a 62 to 45 goal victory against South Africa in Liverpool this morning.

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Smith and Ellis join Vixens

Monday, 10 December 2018

The Melbourne Vixens welcome two VIS netballers, Rudi Ellis and Allie Smith, to the squad joining fellow scholarship holders Lara Dunkley, Rahni Samason and Jacqui Newton as Vixens training partners for the 2019 season.

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Watson named the Liz Ellis Diamond and International Player of the Year

Monday, 03 December 2018

Samsung Diamonds and Melbourne Vixens star midcourter Liz Watson has been named the Liz Ellis Diamond and International Player of the Year at the Australian Netball Awards in Melbourne on Saturday night.

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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