After the signings of teammates Kate Moloney, Liz Watson, and Jo Weston in recent days, defender Emily Mannix will also pull on the Vixens dress again in 2022.
The return of the defensive pairing in Weston and Mannix will excite fans in particular. With youngsters being blooded across the middle and attacking thirds, the cool heads of the veteran pair were often relied on.
They combined for 91 deflections, 31 intercepts and 24 rebounds in 2021, and helped to keep the Vixens as the equal fourth hardest team to score against despite languishing in last place.
Mannix spoke on the bond the two have formed both on and off the court.
“I love playing with Jo down back,” she said.
“The two of us know each other’s game really well and I can’t wait to continue building our partnership out on court.”
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2021 was a difficult season overall for the experienced goal keeper, sitting out three games with a persistent knuckle injury.
With Kadie-Ann Dehaney filling her spot strongly, it gave young shooter Rahni Samason the chance to leave an impression on netball fans with an unforgettable debut.
Samason spoke to Yarra Valley FM’s The Sport about replacing Mannix and doing her justice with her performance.
“I tried to go out there and play for Emily because she couldn’t,” Samason said.
“Going through a major injury myself, I know it’s just the worst thing, so I was really, really sad for her. When you do get to the game you do have to put that aside, because that’s where most people get their opportunity.”
Mannix touched on how the setback drove her to want to get back better than ever.
“This year was obviously frustrating for me personally with injury, but it’s given me even more motivation to play my role next year and hopefully take it all the way as a team,” she said.
“Playing for the Vixens is such an honour, and I’m really excited to have signed again, and to be part of this next phase and group that we’re building.”
The Vixens have now had four confirmed signings, while Kaylia Stanton departs. Another signing will be announced tomorrow.
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