VNL: Monash Uni Central looks for more matches from Vixens

MONASH University Central could get greater access to its Melbourne Vixens players during the coming Victorian Netball League season, starting on February 27.

Vixens players Karyn Howarth, Jo Curran and Sharelle McMahon are aligned with Central and could be available to play more matches this season depending on their travel and fitness requirements.

Last year Vixens players were rarely available to play in the VNL — which plays the majority of its matches on Wednesday nights — because of a busy travel schedule and Howarth's elevation into regular games.

Central coach Leesa Maxfield said she hoped to see Howarth, Curran and maybe even McMahon squeeze in some VNL games.

"They will probably be more available than last year," Maxfield said.

"We will definitely get Karyn and Jo at some point and if Sharelle says she would like to play we would definitely give her a game."

McMahon hasn't played with Central in past seasons but this year is returning to the Vixens after taking a season off to care for her new baby, so she may need more match practice ahead of the Vixens' season.

Central has also changed its selection policies this season with the coaches looking to move players between their championship and division 1 sides.

In past seasons the championship and division 1 teams were selected early in the season and largely left intact.

But Maxfield said this year the teams would train as a larger squad.

"We will be working as a squad and select teams over a couple of weeks.

"We have always been able to do that [move players between sides] but we haven't really taken those opportunities when presented with them.

"This will make things a little more transparent and be able to reward players for effort and improvement."

The VNL preseason competition began last week and continues this Wednesday night at the State Netball and Hockey Centre, Parkville.

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