The Melbourne Vixens are an Australian netball team that compete in the trans-Tasman ANZ Championship. An amalgamation of the Melbourne Phoenix and Melbourne Kestrels from the previous Commonwealth Bank Trophy, the Vixens split their home games between the State Netball and Hockey Centre and Hisense Arena.
After finishing fourth in the inaugural season, 'The Vix' lost just one game en route to the 2009 ANZ Championship in front of 9500 fans at a packed Hisense Arena. The Vixens quickly built a strong following and their fans' high expectations were duly rewarded with a decisive 54-46 victory over the Adelaide Thunderbirds.
Combining the best of Trans Tasman and parochial state versus state rivalries, the ANZ Championship has achieved great things in its short lifespan. In 2012 the Vixens played all their games at Hisense Arena and subsequently broke ANZ Championship attendance records. The season culminated in a first-ever game at Rod Laver Arena (a semi final win over the Mystics) and a home Grand Final in which the Vixens lost 41-38 to the WBOP Magic from New Zealand.
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International Netball at Hisense Arena
Australia's fabulous Diamonds have regularly featured at Hisense Arena, usually in a showdown against arch rivals the New Zealand Silver Ferns.