Three Magpies remain firmly set on making their Collingwood debuts this year despite the difficulties COVID-19 is posing to the competition.
While the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball Season is still in limbo, Collingwood continues to work towards an August 1 start date. That too goes for three Magpies whose eyes remain firmly set on making their Collingwood debuts this year.
Find out a little bit more about the Collingwood’s possible debutants.
Jamaican defender Jodi-Ann Ward has spent several years on the international netball scene. She joins Collingwood after a season with the Severn Stars in the English Vitality Netball Superleague.
The 25-year-old was a member of the Jamaican bronze medal winning team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and again won selection for her home country in the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool.
In her three-year career, Ward has already tallied an impressive 25 test caps.
Ward will replace Collingwood foundation player April Brandley, who sits out the 2020 season having giving birth to her son Clay in February.
Ward put her skills on show during pre-season practice matches against the Sunshine Coast Lightning, bringing speed and great athleticism and proving herself to be a hard-working ball-getter. Her pairing with the height of both Geva Mentor and Matilda Garrett is set to provide a great balance and versatility in the Magpies defensive structure.
Signing as a permanent member of Collingwood’s 2020 squad last month, Molly Jovic has her eyes set on making her Super Netball debut this coming season.
The 24-year-old midcourter will step up to replace Ash Brazill, who will sit out the 2020 season with an ACL injury sustained in Collingwood’s AFLW season earlier this year.
As an up and coming player, Jovic’s talent was recognised by the Magpies late last year, having signed her as a temporary replacement player for Kelsey Browne, who is also rehabilitating an ACL injury.
Jovic was a member of both the Tasmanian Magpies ANL and City West Falcons VNL sides in 2019, following two years with Victorian Fury in the ANL. She was also named in the 2019 VNL Championship Team of the Year.
It is the combination of Jovic’s versatility in swinging between wing attack and centre, along with her clever footwork around the circle edge and agility, that makes her a strong asset to the side this season.
A former Adelaide Thunderbird, Kelly Altmann joins Collingwood as a temporary replacement player in 2020.
The 27-year-old made her Super Netball debut in the centre position for the Thunderbirds in the opening round last year and went on to make a breakout 14 appearances that season, racking up 100 goal assists.
Altmann was formally a member of the Southern Force in the Australian National League (ANL) for six years and was named as the side’s most valued player in both 2017 and 2018.
As a driving force through the midcourt, Altmann is fast on her feet and is able to deliver to the goalers around her. Her ability to execute well timed leads and strong hands sees her stand out from other midcourters.
All SSN teams are awaiting a revised 2020 fixture that is expected to be released in the coming week.