Team Girls Cup 2022: Talking points

2 months ago

With the 2022 Team Girls Cup done and dusted, we run through the main talking points of the Magpies’ four matches.

Sophie Taylor

A huge weekend of Team Girls Cup action is complete, and despite coming away with one win from four outings, there was plenty to be happy about following Collingwood’s first proper preseason hit-out ahead of the 2022 season.

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The Magpies' bench depth is formidable

Despite some missing faces across the four matches, the Magpies weathered the storm well and showcased some exciting depth across the court.

With Geva Mentor missing in action following an ankle injury sustained in the clash with West Coast Fever and fellow defensive starter Jodi-Ann Ward sitting out of the Magpies’ fourth match, Jacqui Newton and training partner Zoe Davies combined well to push the Firebirds and prove they have what it takes.

Factor in the midcourt change-ups with Ash Brazill, Kelsey Browne, Molly Jovic and newcomer Maggie Lind showcasing how they can switch things up, and there is plenty to look forward to from this group.

This team will not be an easy beat

Despite a frustrating first match and some errant quarters, it was plain to see that the Magpies squad is not content with “good enough” and will work in overdrive to find success.

Factor in head coach, Nicole Richardson’s winning mentality and ability to spur her side into action, and the Pies are sure to shake off the cobwebs quickly to find their form.

While things were not always picture perfect, Richo had an answer for whatever was thrown at the Pies, and made it clear that they will not settle.

TGC is just the warmup

It is safe to say that fans have seen nothing yet, with the amount of talent at the Pies’ disposal.

Ward was in fine form – outstanding, in fact – while the connection between Sophie Garbin, Gabby Sinclair and Shimona Nelson was something to behold at times.

With just one preseason match under their belt before the tournament, the Magpies know exactly what needs to change as the season edges closer, making for plenty of drive and intrigue heading into the last four weeks of the preseason.

The stats tell the story

While not the full indicator of the team's performance, there is no denying that statistics play a huge role in determining top performers.

Nelson was impressive to post, shooting at a whopping 95 percent accuracy and putting her sticky fingers to good use with 99 goals to her name. Brazill was remarkably consistent with a couple of gains per game, while both Mentor and Ward pulled out strong performances.

Mentor racked up three intercepts and seven gains across her three outings, while Ward put on a show against the GIANTS with four gains (two intercepts, five deflections). Jacqui Newton made her presence felt with a combined six intercepts against the Fever and Firebirds.

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