“My heart is country”: Maggie Lind’s journey to the Pies

3 months ago

We chatted to former training partner turned squad-member, Maggie Lind, about what she gets up to outside of netball.

Sophie Taylor

An exciting talent, Maggie Lind boasts a big of tricks to add to the Collingwood Magpies squad in 2022.

The daughter of former Melbourne Kestrels head coach Marg Lind, the younger Lind’s journey has involved plenty of hard work both on and off the court with the ultimate reward coming her way after a career-defining MVP award to top off the 2021 Victorian Netball League (VNL) season.

While not a newcomer to the Magpies training program, Lind’s journey is only just beginning with a first major contract under her belt for 2022.

A smooth-moving wing attack with the innate ability to feed into the goal circle, Lind will offer an extra prong to the Magpies attack this season. A goaler in a past life before moving into the midcourt, Lind knows how to place the ball into the circle with plenty of precision.

Off the netball court though, Lind’s time is spent very differently at her self-confessed happy place.

“Outside of netball, I'm a bit of a - I'm not a country girl, I grew up in the city, but my heart is country,” Lind said. “I like to get my hands dirty and be with animals.

“Anything to do with the land, I love.”

Along with her love for the country air, comes a love for horses. Starting her riding journey as a five-year-old, Lind now agists a paddock on a 150-acre property west of Melbourne.

“Now I’ve got my own horses and agist, so basically pay rent for a paddock,” she explained. “I've got a lot of horses… I've got seven. I've had horses – God, since I was about 12. I’ve been riding since I was five, and… just obsessed. I just love them. They’re my happy place!”

Along with the rigours of netball training and travel, Lind is committed to her horses - Mr Snuffaluffagus (Snuff), Cookie, Oscar, Cosmo, Zoe, Sally and Spacemiss – making twice-daily trips to look after them. While it’s a huge commitment, she would not have it any other way.

“I love it. I think if I didn't have this, I honestly don't know what I'd be doing. When I tell people that I come down here twice a day, they're like, 'oh my God, how do you have the time? How can you be bothered', but I've been doing it for so long. It's just a habit. It's what I do, it's just part of my day.”

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