Collingwood’s Super Netball squad have begun their pre-season training after returning to the club on Monday.
Head Coach Nicole Richardson is full of excitement with the girls kicking off their 2022 campaign.
“It’s exciting to see the girls back together today. We’ve still got ‘Jodes’ [Jodie Ann Ward] overseas in Jamacia and Maggie Lind finishing off her VET course and exams at the moment,” Richardson said on day 1 of pre-season.
“The group came back today in great shape – they were high energy, enthusiastic and keen to get out there.”
With the arrival of new recruit Sophie Garbin at the Holden Centre, Richardson is eager to see her expertise thrive among the group.
“[We’re] really excited to welcome in Sophie Garbin and Maggie Lind. Sophie is such an experienced player having come through the Western Australia pathway and being a part of the Sydney Swifts who have been really successful the past three or four years,” she said.
“Sophie’s come from a club that has had sustained success, they’ve got a winning mentality which is going to be great to be able to bring into our training environment here.
“And we’re really looking forward to the style of game she plays – she’s a different player, we’re looking forward to being able to play across multiple positions.”
After impressing Magpie recruiters throughout her time with the Pies, Maggie Lind was rewarded with a contract to the senior side for the season, with Richardson looking forward to seeing her versatility through the side.
“We’ve also invite in Maggie Lind, who has played through the Victorian netball pathway and has had a lot of success with her VNL club,” she said.
“She’s a great leader, a bit like Soph – she comes from a winning culture as well and adds a lot more size across our attacking transverse line, so the strength of her capacity to feed and find ‘Shimmy’ under the post is something we’ll be looking forward to in 2022.”
The team begun pre-season work with court and gym session on Monday, Richardson gave an insight to what the players can expect to be working on as they build towards the season proper.
“It’s about getting the touch back, getting the finesse back - we’ll do a lot more specialist work leading into Christmas and we finish the year playing against the Vixens with a couple of [practice] matches,” she said.
“We’re looking forward to cementing structure and strategy towards the end of this year and then building at the start of next year into the season beginning at the end of March.”