Strachan's inspiring season

TEAM EFFORT: The Melbourne Vixens celebrate their ANZ Championship victory on Sunday. Picture: GETTY

TEAM EFFORT: The Melbourne Vixens celebrate their ANZ Championship victory on Sunday. Picture: GETTY

CAITLYN Strachan says the opportunity to play with a talented group like the Melbourne Vixens had inspired her. 

The 27-year-old, former North Central region netballer was a part of the ANZ Championship winning team on Sunday. 

The Vixens defeated the Firebirds 53 to 42 in front of a packed crowd at Hisense Arena.

"It has been an exciting experience," Strachan said. 

"It is such a special achievement.

"To be able to celebrate it with my family and my fiance, who have been through the highs and lows of my career with me, it was pretty special."

The mid-court player said her team was confident of claiming its second Trans-Tasman title at the weekend.

"We knew we had the list capable of winning the championship," she said. 

"We were relieved that all of the hard-work we had put in over the course of the year had paid off," she said. 

Despite not playing in the grand final, Strachan said she still had to be physically and mentally ready to take the court if the coach needed her. 

"The players on the interchange had to prepare as normal," she said. 

"We all had to complete video analysis if we were required.

"Cath Cox went on in the last quarter and she played her role well."

It was Strachan's first season with the Melbourne Vixens after being a replacement player in 2013. 

"Every time I got on the court it was special," she said. 

"It inspired me to improve my game."

The Echuca netballer said her focus would now turn to the Australian Netball League, which will begin in July. 

Last season, Strachan's team the Victorian Fury, went through the entire season undefeated. 

Strachan also said negotiations to stay with the Vixens next season would begin in a week's time. 

"I had only had a 12 month contract with Melbourne," she said. "I am not sure what will happen, I am keeping my options open."

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