It’s the news many Vixens fans have been waiting for, with up and coming goaler Rahni Samason signing with the club for season 2022. 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.
Samason quickly made her way into the hearts of netball fans with a debut performance that will be remembered for years to come. She famously scored a game winning Super Shot against the Queensland Firebirds in Round Five to deliver the Vixens their first win of the year.
Her performance also earned her player of the match honours, scoring 27/29 goals including the match winning Super shot and an accuracy of 93.1 per cent.
Samason went on to play two more games for the season against the Thunderbirds and Collingwood before Emily Mannix returned back to the side.
Vixens captain Kate Moloney spoke to The Inner Sanctum about Samason joining the Vixens on a full time basis.
“We’re so excited to have Rahns [Samason] in the team for next year,” Moloney told The Inner Sanctum
“She’s been a part of our squad [in and out] for so long, but to see what she was able to produce when given her opportunity in 2021 was pretty amazing.
“I can’t wait to see what she can do with our group now that she’s going to be in there day in and day out, and working really closely with our coaching staff and our support staff.
“She’s just so cool calm and collected, her accuracy in the one and two-point zones is incredible. I can’t wait to see what she can produce with that day in day out training, and I think it’s going to be really exciting.”
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While many netball fans were surprised by Samason’s debut performance, Moloney and the Vixens weren’t.
“For a lot of people on the outside, it was a surprise to see her come on and do that, but when you know her and her personality, she’s so confident in herself and her ability,” Moloney said.
“As a player who’s been playing with her, you weren’t surprised. It was just how she goes about her business.
“I think it’s a real credit to our Netball Victoria pathway as well, to see some of the young girls that have been able to come through and have been able to step out on court and produce some really good netball.
“She’s going to be a really exciting addition for our group. She can play both goal shooter and goal attack and it gives us that variety.”
Across her three games, Samason managed 57 goals from 69 attempts at 83% playing both goal shooter and goal attack.
“It’s such an honour and I’m really excited to officially join the Vixens next season,” Samason said.
“I’ve been a part of the Vixens environment for a few years now as a squad member, and travelling with the team this year, so I know the club’s values are aligned to the culture I want to be a part of, so I’m thrilled to be a part of that next year.
“I’ve taken away a lot of learnings from my time, particularly this year being able to work with Simone and the team so closely. I know that we’re onto something pretty special in this next stage and I’m really excited to play my role in that.”
Samason joins Moloney, Liz Watson, Jo Weston, and Emily Mannix at the Vixens for season 2021, with more players to be announced in the coming days.
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