Watson joins Melbourne Vixens

Chloe Watson. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
Chloe Watson. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

CHLOE Watson's impressive year on the netball court has paid off, with the reigning ANZ Champions the Melbourne Vixens signing the young gun for the 2015 season. 

The Vixens finalised its squad of 12 athletes for next season, with the former Sandhurst defender making the cut, alongside fellow rookie Emily Mannix. 

“It is an amazing feeling, it really hasn't sunk in," Watson said on Tuesday. 

"It will be an honour to play alongside some of the best netballers in the country, these girls are who I have been looking up to." 

Vixens coach Simone McKinnis said Watson and Mannix were two exciting prospects rising through the ranks of Victoria's pathway system. 

“Chloe has the capacity to cover wing defence and does that very well and Emily is more your true circle defender and has some great height,” she said.

“They’ve worked with us at different times throughout the year as well and I know they’re going to be able to step it up really well.”

Watson will be playing alongside star netballers Bianca Chatfield, Tegan Caldwell, Geva Mentor and Madi Robertson, who have all re-signed with Melbourne. 

The defender has just finished her stint in the Australian Netball League, where she co-captained the Victorian Flames. 

Earlier this year the 20-year-old also played with the City West Falcons in the Victorian Netball League. 

Watson was named the league's Most Valuable Player and was also selected in the Championship Team of the Year for her efforts in the defensive court. 

Watson said she is continually surprised about what she has been able to achieve this year. 

"It is surreal, these things just keep happening," she said. 

"I have come a long way this season, but I am looking forward to getting on the court and playing."

The Australian 21-and-under squad member is currently in Canberra at the Australian Institute of Sport Centre of Excellence program. 

She will be involved in a full-time indivudalised program across eight weeks before competing in a tour of South Africa.

"We have had a few meetings earlier this week, but we will be training twice a day and working on our recovery," Watson said.  

The young gun will join the Melbourne Vixens later this year, with pre-season set to begin for the club's title defence on December 1. 


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