Collingwood confirms extended squad for 2020

2 months ago

With the Suncorp Super Netball Season just days away, Collingwood has confirmed its extended squad for the 2020 season.

Alanna Mullan

Earlier this month the Suncorp Super Netball League raised the number of players permitted in each match from 10 to 12. This includes 10 full squad members and two additional players who may be training partners or other players, subject to several requirements.

Collingwood’s 12 players are:

  • Geva Mentor
  • Madi Browne
  • Kelsey Browne
  • Shimona Nelson
  • Matilda Garrett
  • Gabby Sinclair
  • Jodi-Ann Ward
  • Mel Bragg
  • Molly Jovic
  • Kelly Altmann
  • Nyah Allen (Training Partner)
  • Emma Ryde (Training Partner)

The team has great depth and experience with Geva Mentor in defence as well as with Madi and Kelsey Browne in the midcourt.

But this season also presents great opportunity for several of the team’s up and coming players including Shimona Nelson, Matilda Garrett and Gabby Sinclair. All three showed great improvement throughout the 2019 season and fans can’t wait to see what they have in store in 2020.

After some impressive performances in her debut season in 2019, Melissa Bragg was rewarded with a senior contract this season. In the absence of April Brandley in 2020, both Bragg and Jamaican import, Jodi Ann-Ward will offer great versatility for the Magpies’ defensive line up.

Also new to the squad is Molly Jovic who signed on as a permanent player earlier this month. The 24-year-old midcourter brings great speed and agility to her game which will move helpful for the Magpies absence of Ash Brazill who continues to rehabilitate an ACL injury.

Speedy midcourter, Kelly Altmann has also come into the squad as a temporary replacement player while Kelsey Browne works her way back to a return. The former Adelaide Thunderbird made her Super Netball debut in the opening round last year and went on to make a breakout 14 appearances that season, racking up 100 goal assists.

Two of Collingwood’s training partners will also step up this season having travelled to the Queensland hub with the team. Young goaler, Nyah Allen was selected for the 2019/2020 Australian Netball World Youth Cup squad. The South Australian has previously spent time as a training with the Adelaide Thunderbirds.

Joining her is Emma Ryde who also spent time at the Thunderbirds in 2019. That same year, the goal shooter was a key member of the Victorian Fury’s premiership side. The efforts of the 197cm tall goaler were recognised in her winning the Australian Netball League’s Most Valued Player award last year.

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