21 Jun, 2018

Alannah Kinross

AlannahKinrossAfter having only been coached by Melissa for only 2 years, both her coaching style and genuine care for me personally and my netball has transformed my attitude and perspective to my role in the game entirely.

If you are willing to put in the hard yards and train hard you will undoubtedly see results. Personally my confidence and skill level dramatically improved over the past two years and I truly believe it is because of Melissa’s coaching style; focusing on the simple basics as well as incorporating other challenging game plays and skills.

Although at times, the gruelling fitness can become strenuous, this is what truly enables you to perform at your peak for the entire season. With a focus on fitness throughout the entire season has helped to improve my game, to attack the ball harder, run faster and give 100% to the team game plays.

The no mess, simple game plays help the game flow so easily and with perfection. I lost count of the numerous times I have been a part of and witnessed these plays work to perfection, leaving the opposition shaking their heads.

Melissa’s game plans and coaching style improves skill and increase’s confidence – and has personally changed the way I look at and value the skills required for a high level game of netball.

Alannah Kinross
Captain – Queensland Under 17’s, 2009 / Wildcats Tier One / Tigers Tier One


Margie Babia

Melissa coached me at State League level for over 10 years.

I first played under Mel when I was 25 years old after having played State League in Victoria from the age of 17. She was a coach with a professional approach to a much loved sport.

Under Mel, I learned the true meaning of the word ‘team’. It was not just a physical but also a mental connection with a group of girls who were all working towards a common goal. Mel always said, ‘the goal is not to win but to put 100% effort into your performance and attend to the processes.’ Winning is the outcome of this and a well played strategy. When Melissa’s strategies are played well there is no greater feeling. She would say every action and attitude affects the strength of the team and our job was to take responsibility for our own.

Trainings were focused on a set of skills. You work hard, 100% effort every second of a session. Once you’d learned the skill, the strategies came together. Melissa inspires and motivates every member of the team, you feel like you are part of something really special.

I was the fittest I have ever been under Mel. I never knew I was capable of that level of fitness. It was the most physically and mentally toughest time of my sporting life but also the most fondest time. I made friends for life. We had an incredible bond formed through hard work, dedication and awesome times together.

Melissa knew just when to push, when to give confidence and when it was time to laugh. Trainings were tough but I have never laughed so much. There was always humour behind a comment or message although the lesson was never lost.

The greatest lessons I take away from my time with Melissa as my coach are the things I will have long after I finish playing. They are the added strength to embrace who I am as an individual (strengths and weaknesses). The freedom to be myself, to be able to deal with whatever consequences come from that and to never take myself or life too seriously.

Great times! I wish I was 25 again, there is still so much more I can learn from Melissa. Under her direction, I am now ready to be the coach with a young daughter of my own.

Margie Babia
Victoria Under 21’s / State League Open / Wildcats Tier One

Shannon Holmes

ShannonHolmesMelissa has been one of the most influential coaches I have had.ShannonHolmes1

Mel first took me on as a 16 year old when and picked me in the Wildcats Tier One team that gave me my first big opportunity. Mel helped me to improve all of my netball skills and increased my confidence in my own ability. 
She is an extremely dedicated and hard working coach. Mel has a wealth of knowledge in all netball skills and having played at a top level has empathy with players.

Mel’s coaching has increased my knowledge and therefore improved my skills.  I have great respect for Mel as a coach and as a person and I am grateful to her for introducing me to exceptional people in our Wildcats team and assisting me to make the Australian Under 19’ Squad.

Shannon Holmes
Queensland Under 19’s / Australian Under 19’s