05/03/2024

The Melbourne Vixens have signed majority of their core group ahead of the 2024 Super Netball season (Image: Elly McNerney/2022)

The mighty Melbourne Vixens have signed seven core group players for the upcoming 2024 Suncorp Super Netball season.

Headlined by captain Kate Moloney entering her twelfth season with the Vixens – after reaching her 150th milestone last season – the Vixens’ engine will continue being the main cog in the Vixens midcourt. A key member of the Australian Diamonds 2022 Commonwealth Games campaign, she played the majority of her minutes and in the centre position.

Jo Weston also re-signs with 132 to her name, debuting in 2014 and quickly became a starting seven player in 2015 and hasn’t looked back since.

Weston is known for her tagging defence, but she can get physical in a contest, shutting down many of the best shooters.

Another powerhouse in Emily Mannix will form the formidable Vixens defensive duo with Weston. Mannix played her 100th game in Round 12 last season, coming runners-up for the Sharelle McMahon Medal.

The standout match for her last season was against the eventual premiers, the Adelaide Thunderbirds, in Round 10. She caused absolute havoc at the Thunderbirds’ attack end, stepping up to the occasion when needed. The 29-year-old is also the 2019 Sharelle McMahon Medallist.

Fan favourite Mwai Kumwenda will return for another season and could potentially play her 135th national league game. Kumwenda is notable for her iconic tuck jump and large split while being able to shoot accurately under the post.

Kumwenda was the 2015 World Cup Player of the Tournament, representing Malawi. She has played in four Commonwealth Games and three World Cups. Kumwenda first entered the Vixens at the league’s inception, crossing back over the ditch from the Tactix in New Zealand.

Kate Eddy enters her fourth season with the club after two years with the NSW Swifts. The versatile defender played a vital role in the midcourt and defensive lineup. Her adaptability is unlike any other, being able to thrive in wing defence and goal defence.

Eddy was a part of the silver medal Australia Under 21s that travelled to Botswana in 2017 alongside fellow Vixen Kiera Austin. The 26-year-old was a part of the Swifts’ successful 2019 campaign but unfortunately sat out for most of the season with a foot injury she is battling.

Powerful midcourter Hannah Mundy entered as a permanent replacement player in 2021, cementing herself as someone the Vixens wanted and needed.

Mundy was named 2022 Australian Netball Championships MVP with the Vic Fury and 2021 Rookie of the Year with the Vixens.

Kiera Austin will go into another season wearing the navy dress and continue to build on her combination with Kumwenda.

The 26-year-old attacking machine was a critical player in the World Cup, winning Player of the Match in the gold medal game. She’s not afraid to look into the circle straight away and can pass off in the blink of an eye. She can shoot crucial goals in the dying moments of a game, doing this on multiple occasions.

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“I’m excited to have the opportunity to continue working with so many of our athletes in 2024, we played some fantastic netball this year and as a group we know we have much more to achieve together,” said Head Coach Simone McKinnis OAM.

“We’re really pleased to have retained the core of our team – we have outstanding talent all over the court with this group, and a balance of experience and youth which we believe will serve us well heading into our 2024 campaign,” said General Manager High Performance & Pathways Megan Simpson.

“The three remaining positions on our 2024 list have been filled by an exciting blend of established and emerging talent, and we look forward to making those announcements in due course.”

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