Vixens goal duo call time on Super Netball

Goalers Tegan Philip and Caitlin Thwaites will both retire at the end of the Super Netball season.
Goalers Tegan Philip and Caitlin Thwaites will both retire at the end of the Super Netball season.

Melbourne's goal circle will have a new look next year with Vixens duo Caitlin Thwaites and Tegan Philip both retiring at the end of the Super Netball season.

Thwaites will end her career fifth on the list of all-time national league games played, with 230, after starting her career back in 2002.

She was a member of the inaugural Melbourne Vixens team in 2008 and played in the premiership-winning side of 2009, before stints with the Pulse in New Zealand and Collingwood.

She rejoined the Vixens last year.

Thwaites also played 55 Tests for Australia, including two World Cup and Commonwealth Games appearances before announcing her retirement from international netball last year.

"You have to sacrifice a lot to deal with the demands of being an elite athlete and the time away from my family, away from my partner has been increasingly harder to do," Thwaites, 33, said.

"I'm loving being out there and playing and I feel like I'm still playing well but my priorities have shifted a bit, and I want to focus on those other areas of my life."

Philip's career will end where it began, having played all of her 11 seasons at the Vixens, where she is the club's most-capped player.

The 32-year-old went on to be an integral part of the Vixens 2014 premiership team, including being awarded player of the match in the grand final.

She also made her Diamonds debut in 2014 as a member of the Commonwealth Games' gold medal-winning team.

Philip said the decision to retire had been on her mind for a while.

"I was pretty comfortable with it actually - I'm just excited to be able to do things outside of netball and not have netball dictate my life," she said.

The goalers will now turn their attention to the table-topping Vixens' finals campaign, which kicks off on Saturday against the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

Australian Associated Press