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Veteran shooter joins the Vixens

The Melbourne Vixens have been given a giant boost for the 2014 season, with Australian test legend Catherine Cox joining the club on a one year contract.

Cox, 37, will be looking to claim her second ANZ Championship premiership.

The shooter announced last month that she would be leaving ANZ Championship franchise the West Coast Fever in order to be closer to her family on the east coast of Australia.

Before her two year stint with the Fever, she also played for the NSW Swifts for four years, claiming an ANZ Championship premiership with the Swifts in 2008.

Cox also played in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy, the former national competition, with the Sydney Swifts, claiming three premierships in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Cox has been an integral part of the Australian Diamond’s success over the past 10 years, and is one of only four people in Australian history to play over 100 games for her country. Cox has played 108 tests for Australia, joining the likes of Liz Ellis, Vicki Wilson and Sharelle McMahon in the 100 game milestone club.

She is thrilled to be joining the Melbourne Vixens.

“There are few clubs in the competition that have a genuine culture about them and the Vixens is definitely one of them,” Cox said.

“You can see that in the closeness of the team, the consistent performances since the league started and the supporter base that they have…this is a team that wants to succeed and I want to be part of that.”

Cox also said she’s looking forward to calling Melbourne her new home,.

“I love Melbourne. The lifestyle is certainly something I am looking forward to, the cafes, the fashion, and all of the sport.

“There is so much going on all of the time and I am really excited to be joining the club.:

The Melbourne Vixens now have five players contracted to play in the 2014 season. Cox joins goal attacker Tegan Caldwell, who has just signed another two year deal with the club, and Elissa Macleod, Karyn Howarth, Madison Browne and Amy Steel, who are still fulfilling the remainder of their contracts.

In other movement news across the competition, veteran shooter Irene van Dyk and star midcourter Laura Langman have left the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic and have moved to the Central Pulse and Northern Mystics respectively.

Caitlin Thwaites has left the Pulse and moved to the NSW Swifts, as has Adelaide Thunderbirds premiership defender, Sharni Layton.

Chelsea Pitman, wing attack for the Queensland Firebirds, has also made a move, signing with the West Coast Fever, while Fever wing attack Verity Simmons has moved to the Queensland Firebirds.


Cover image credit: Tom Griffiths/TSJ

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