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Melbourne Vixens reign supreme in 2020

Although it has been a year of setbacks and challenges for many, the persistence shown by the Melbourne Vixens’ netballers and support staff saw them defy the obstacles of the COVID-19 pandemic to make it a year to remember.

Not only did they finish as Minor Premiers and Grand Finalists, they claimed the Suncorp Super Netball Championship for the first time – the pinnacle of the sport and the club’s first trophy since 2014.

Their season came to an abrupt halt in March when COVID-19 struck, yet the Vixens continued to train remotely and individually from their homes in hope of a return date. They conversed via zoom,  held virtual training sessions and  became their own motivators.

We watched on as 14 Vixens athletes and nine support staff travelled to the Queensland sporting hub in July, enduring two weeks of hotel quarantine and a further 13 weeks without their loved ones. They dedicated their time, sacrificed their commitments back in Victoria, and accepted a 70 per cent pay cut for five weeks to reduce the financial impact of COVID-19.


The Vixens were able to build a strong and resilient network throughout this testing time, something that we are proud to have also formed at BCNA in order to deliver the best care, treatment and support for all Australians affected by breast cancer.

The Vixens turned pink in support of our Pink Bun campaign in October and helped raise awareness of the campaign while encouraging all Australians to get involved and make their way into Bakers Delight.

In the lead up to the Super Netball finals, BCNA board member and breast cancer survivor, Raelene Boyle, chatted to the team and left them with two key takeaways before they hit the court: to always surround yourself with a good team of people who share similar morals and principles with you and to always focus on the goal at hand.

Turns out that’s exactly what the Vixens did, as the team got their hands on that coveted premiership trophy.

17 November 2020
Category: News