TEGAN PHILIP –
We at the Melbourne Vixens have unfinished business to take care of.
2017 did not go to script for us, as we fell to the Giants in the preliminary finals following a dominant season as the best team in the inaugural Super Netball Competition.
We are disappointed we weren’t able to capitalise on what was a successful regular season campaign, but we couldn’t be more energised and focused to atone our shortcomings ahead of 2018.
I say that because we have the same ten players as last year, and I know all of us feel the same.
As a group, we have been there before and know what it takes to win – so to have that continuity is a massive bonus for us.
Everyone knows the expectations of what is required, so I’m really excited that our netball program will only improve next season.
The upcoming pre-season presents us with a fresh opportunity to start afresh, yet build on the foundations already in place.
On the Super Netball competition itself, as Geva mentioned in her Exclusive Insight column, I absolutely loved the first season.
I hope everyone else did.
The fact we now have a truly national competition; and the amount of draws was a vindication that the level of talent is spread evenly throughout the eight competing teams.
And the fact the three new licensed teams in Sunshine Coast Lightning, Giants & Collingwood Magpies were in finals contention, with the Lightning ultimate premiers, suggests that expansion was executed successfully.
The fact is the sport needs to continue to grow if we want to compete with the likes of the W-League, AFLW & and the Jillaroos (best of the luck to them in the World Cup next!).
We can’t settle; the game’s governing body in Netball Australia needs to ensure we keep innovating and working hard to keep our juniors playing the sport and fans interested through strong media engagement.
On a separate note, it was a nice opportunity to be back wearing the Australian colours this year, twice for the Quad Series with the Australian Samsung Diamonds and for the national team in the Fast5 tournament in Melbourne.
After tearing my anterior cruciate ligament in 2015, I wasn’t entirely sure if I would ever make it back to representing the green and gold again, so to do so was a massive step forward in my continuing return to the game.
I can’t wait for next year.