Melbourne Vixens Captain Kate Moloney is a Vixen for life, with the captain going into her tenth year at the club. For all the Suncorp Super Netball signing news, stay up to date with our Off-Season Hub and follow The Inner Sanctum’s netball podcast, Over a Third, on Twitter and Instagram to get the news when it breaks.
Making her national league debut for the Vixens debut it’s been a wild ride for the Vixens Captain, winning two championships, several teammates coming and going and two chaotic seasons which was impacted by COVID-19.
The Inner Sanctum spoke exclusively with Moloney on the re-signing with the Vixens, Vixens 2021 season, and what’s ahead.
Moloney was the first Vixen to put pen to paper, committing to the club for the 2022 season, although there was nowhere she’d rather be than at the Vixens.
“I’m so excited,” Moloney told The Inner Sanctum.
“I can really see us getting straight back up to where we want to be and that’s playing finals netball.”
“There is nowhere else I’d rather be playing my netball, I absolutely love the Vixens, the players, the staff and I’ve been so lucky to be a part of the club for so long and heading into my tenth year.”
“I feel very lucky to be a one-club player and I’m excited for what this group can bring. I think there will be a couple of changes in the squad and I think it’s going to make a big difference for us heading into next season.
“We’ll get a really good preseason in which is something we missed out on this year. I can’t wait to see where we can go in 2022 but it’s looking exciting to me.”
2022 will mark Moloney’s tenth year at the club and while it’s been one heck of a ride for the 28-year-old, when she first walked through the doors she was playing alongside Netball royalty.
Fast forward to the present and Moloney is now one of the best players in the league, with young players such as Hannah Mundy looking to her for guidance.
“It’s pretty crazy when you look back at a photo of your first year.
“I’ve been so lucky to play with so many amazing players Sharelle McMahon, Bianca Chatfield, Geva Mentor, the list really does go on.
“I have so match thanks to the Melbourne Vixens. They’ve taught me so much, they’ve helped me become the person I am today.”
“Watching the club evolve, being a part of that, and continue to grow our club make it a better place to be and hopefully you know my goal is to leave it in a better place than when I came.
“I’m really excited for our young girls like Hannah [Mundy] and Rahni [Samason] that they get to go on a journey similar to what I did and I hope they can be there for ten years too because I think I’m one of the luckiest people to be apart of this club and to be apart of it for so long.”
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In 2022 the Vixens will welcome back Liz Watson who missed the 2021 Super Netball Season due to surgery on her Navicular bone but Watson still played a crucial role to the team off the court.
“You take a player of Liz’s calibre out of any team, she’s a world-class wing attack and we did miss her this year and we’re excited to have her back.
“I’ve seen how hard she’s worked and I’m more excited for her than anything else, she’s put so much time and effort into her rehab, she’s looking really strong and fit and I can’t wait to see her back out on court. She’ll fit straight back into our team and we’re lucky to have her back.
“Lizzy is a massive part of our leadership group, she brings so much to our club and I think for players like Hannah having her on the bench and being able to provide that feedback and looking at the game from a different perspective.
“She has so much knowledge and so much she can bring on and off the court, we were really lucky to have her there on the bench and I know she enjoyed a little bit of time as assistant coach as well.”
2021 wasn’t the season that the Vixens were hoping for but with a few changes and a massive pre-season, they’ll come back bigger and stronger.
“We’re extremely disappointed with 2021 and how that went, that’s not what we’re about as a club and it’s not a position we want to be in.”
“We’ll work extremely hard over this offseason, we’ll make a couple of changes, we’ll get a lot of girls back in have a really big preseason, and come in and get back to being really fit, strong but just executing basic skills really well for sixty minutes.
“In this competition, you can’t afford to be off for one minute, two minutes let along 10-15 and we know what it takes to get back there and I have no doubt the girls are going to do the work to make sure we step out on the court in 2022 and really flipping that ladder back around.”
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