Champion midcourter Madi Robinson has been named the first captain of the Magpies Netball team for its inaugural 2017 season in the Suncorp Super Netball League.
Widely regarded as the best wing attack in the world, Robinson is also an exceptional leader both on and off the court with experience representing the Australian Diamonds as a dual Liz Ellis Diamond award winner and captain of her former team the Melbourne Vixens.
Robinson will be supported by co vice-captains Sharni Layton and Ash Brazill in what will be an historic year for the Magpies and Super Netball.
“I never thought I’d say I’m a Captain of Collingwood in my wildest dreams. Now that it is official, I’m so delighted and it’s a huge honour,” Robinson said.
Head Coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell said Robinson’s leadership qualities stood out from the moment she stepped foot in the Holden Centre.
“Madi’s on and off court leadership style is inclusive and that is what we are all about here at the Magpies,” Keppich-Birrell said.
Collingwood President Eddie McGuire said Robinson’s appointment holds further significance as the club enters its 125th year.
“Bill Strickland was our first captain in 1897 and today we announce Madi Robinson as our inaugural captain of the Collingwood netball team,” McGuire said.
“Just as Bill Stickland was a giant of our fledgling club and set the foundations for what was to unfold, we have the greatest of confidence that Madi will lay the foundations for another great team and club.”
The Magpies playing group nominated Robinson, Layton and Brazill as their leadership group after adopting the Leading Teams model used by the Australian Diamonds.
Layton and Brazill bring outstanding leadership experience to their roles as co-vice captains. Layton is the current captain of the Australian Diamonds, while Brazill was the West Coast Fever skipper for the past two years.
Keppich-Birrell said the leadership group had the unanimous support of the playing list.
“This leadership group truly represents our team. Leading is all about being the voice of all players and this trio will do that brilliantly”, says Keppich-Birrell.
“Every player on the team has such great leadership qualities. So when people say ‘you’re the dream team’, we can say ‘yes we definitely are!’”
2017 shapes as an historic year for both the Magpies and netball as a whole with the introduction of the Suncorp Super Netball League.
The club today revealed its inaugural dress to be worn in season 2017, proudly featuring major partners Holden, IsoWhey, Chemist Warehouse and Three Threes.
“The entire team is really proud to pull on the first ever Magpies Netball dress and create the next 125 years of history together with the AFL, AFLW and VFL teams.”
The Magpies will kick off the 2017 season with a blockbuster against cross-town rivals the Melbourne Vixens at Hisense Arena on February 18.
PERSONAL NETBALL ACHIEVEMENTS:
ANZ Championship MVP (Aust Conference) Winner – 2016
ANZ Championship Premiership – Melbourne Vixens 2014
ANZ Championship All Star Wing Attack 2013, 2014
ANZ Championship Player of the Year 2012
International Player of the Year 2012, 2014
Liz Ellis Diamond Winner 2012, 2014
Australian Squad Member 2006 – 2014
Australian Diamonds Team 2010 – current
Commonwealth Games Gold Medal 2014
Melbourne Vixens MVP 2013, 2016
Melbourne Vixens Runner Up MVP 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
West Coast Fever MVP 2009, 2010
Australian 21/U Player of the Year 2008
Best New Talent 2006
Rookie of the Year 2006
Commonwealth Games Gold Medal 2014
Diamonds Debut (Scotland – 9th Feb 2010 – #152)
Constellation Cup (2011, 2013, 2014)
21/U World Champions 2009
Melbourne Kestrels (2006-2007)
Victorian 21/U State Team Champions