Last year’s Victoria Netball League grand final rematch has begun, with the Melbourne University Lightning taking on the City West Falcons!
VICTORIAN NETBALL LEAGUE PREVIEW 2017
The 2017 Victorian Netball League (VNL) will get underway at the State Netball Hockey Centre tonight, Wednesday 26 April.
There has been a number of movements between the teams during the off-season, with many former VNL players being selected as part of the newly expanded national league, Suncorp Super Netball.
City West Falcons shooter, Jane Cook and Melbourne University Lightning defender, Fiona Themann made the move to play for the Adelaide Thunderbirds, whilst 2016 Melbourne University Lightning player, Mikaela Vaughan, signed to the NSW Swifts as a training partner.
Internally, the league has seen movements between teams of many high-profile players, as well as the introduction of national-league talent.
Former ANZ Championship player, Kim Commane has joined Monash University Storm and another former ANZ Championship player, Stephanie Puopolo will take to the court with the City West Falcons this season.
Sri Lankan shooter, Tharjini Sivalingam, will play her first year in the competition for the Falcons. Known as the world’s tallest netballer standing at 208cm and previously named best shooter in the 2011 Netball World Cup, she is sure to be a force for her opponents to control.
Last year’s premiers, Melbourne University Lightning, look strong again in 2017, with five ANL players named in the team, including Victorian Fury Vice-Captain, Elle Bennetts, Melbourne Vixens training partner, Kelsie Rainbow, and Magpies Netball training partner, Gabby Sinclair.
The Falcons have also assembled a strong team, boasting both the 2016 Division One and Championship MVPs, Emily Post and Maggie Lind.
Joining them is Vixens training partner Maddy Balson and Victorian Fury’s, Molly Jovic, plus Puopolo and Sivalingam as mentioned.
With just one-goal separating the two teams in last year’s grand final, both teams will be up for the challenge when they face-off in Round 1.
The Boroondara Express will be looking to improve from their 2016 semi-final loss, with the team hosting a wealth of talent including Victorian Fury players, Kate Eddy and Lara Dunkley, and Tasmanian Magpies players, Matilda Garrett and Sam Gooden.
Source: Netball Victoria League