01/03/2024

Sophie Garbin will don the navy dress next season (Image: Elly McNerney)

Sophie Garbin has moved across town to the Melbourne Vixens for the 2024 Super Netball season.

Garbin is one of the three newest Vixens recruits, being signed from Collingwood. She spent the last two seasons with the Magpies, her sights are set on playing in her preferred goal shooter position.

Debuting for the NSW Swifts in 2018, Garbin has played 76 national league games playing for Collingwood and the Swifts.

The West Australian has quickly become on of the best shooters in the league when back in goal shooter. Her hold is perfect every time with a high accuracy right under the post.

Garbin debuted for the Diamonds in 2021 and has 21 caps to her name. She is a Commonwealth Games and World Cup Gold Medallist. Garbin was a crucial player in both campaigns and is always reliable when needed on court.

In her time at Collingwood, Garbin grew her goal attack game, but her strongest position is back at the post. She was a starter there, but an impact player at the Swifts, showing she can play both roles.

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Having been keeping a keen eye on the prospective Vixens talent, head coach Simone McKinnis spoke about Garbin’s talent.

“Having an athlete of Sophie’s talent joining our club is exciting for us and for our fans,” McKinnis said.

“We saw what Sophie’s capable of delivering in high pressure moments at the World Cup, and I’m looking forward to welcoming her into our environment and kicking off our preparations for season 2024 as a team.”

Garbin is grateful for the opportunity to further some connections with Kate Moloney, Kiera Austin and Jo Weston.

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to pull on the navy and wear the Vixens dress, we have a really exciting squad including some of my Diamonds teammates who I have great connections with already,” Garbin said.

“I’ve had the challenge of being on the other side of both the Sargeant–McKinnis Cup and the Melbourne derby so I am excited to be on the right side of those matches now and playing in front of those massive Vixens crowds.

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