Borger returns as replacement
Former Melbourne Vixens and Team Bath goaler Kimberly Borger has been named as a Vixens replacement as Rahni Samason continues her recovery from a leg injury.
A versatile and strong-bodied 180cm goaler, 34-year-old Borger is comfortable shooting at range and plays across both attacking circle positions.
Vixens Club member #41, Borger debuted for the club as a replacement player for the injured Tegan Philip (ACL) in 2016. She received another callup from coach Simone McKinnis in 2018 to replace Mwai Kumwenda (ACL) in the final round of the Super Netball season, impressing with 31/33 goals at 94% accuracy before heading overseas to continue her career in the UK.
Borger played with Team Bath in the Netball Super League from 2019 until her retirement at the end of the 2022 season, when she returned home to Australia and signed with City West Falcons in the Victorian Netball League.
Shooting over 1300 goals at 92% accuracy in her time with Team Bath, Borger built a reputation as one of the strongest and most reliable goalers in the league.
“We’re pleased to have Kim back in the Vixens environment, she brings great experience to our group and offers similar versatility to Rahni across both shooting positions,” said Vixens head coach Simone McKinnis OAM.
“Rahni’s rehab is progressing to plan and we remain hopeful she’ll be cleared to return to the court later in the season,” said General Manager Vixens, Performance & Pathways Megan Simpson.
“We’ll continue supporting Rahni through her recovery process, and in the meantime, Kim offers valuable experience and a similar game style to Rahni which will no doubt benefit the team as we continue our 2023 campaign.”
“I’m excited to be back in the Vixens environment, it certainly wasn’t what I expected to be doing this year but it’s an incredible opportunity and I’m embracing the challenge,” said Borger.
“The Vixens are such a positive and professional group, I’m loving being amongst that energy – hopefully I can bring something a bit different into the mix as well and play my role for the team.”
The Vixens take on Sunshine Coast Lightning in Round 4, this Saturday 8 April at John Cain Arena.