History

The Collingwood Magpies Netball Team is a Melbourne-based netball team which competes in Australia's national competition, the Suncorp Super Netball.

The Magpies launched in 2016 having secured a licence in the newly established league. The team took to the court for its debut season in 2017 under the leadership of its inaugural captain Madi Browne, alongside head coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell.

The team finished fourth on the ladder in its first season and lost their elimination final to the Giants by one goal.

The following season saw the Magpies struggle for wins and consistency. It also marked former Australian Diamonds defender, Sharni Layton's last game in the sport having announcement her retirement at the end of the season.

In 2019, the Magpies returned to the court with a revamped team under its new head coach Rob Wright and were bolstered with the experience of several new additions in Kelsey Browne, Geva Mentor and Nat Medhurst. The team finished fourth on ladder having lost the elimination final to the Melbourne Vixens. Later that same year, the Magpies went on to win the pre-season Super Club Tournament in New Zealand.

The 2020 Suncorp Super Netball season was a trying one for the Magpies, with first the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the nation before delays hit the season and finally, injuries ravaged the squad with Ash Brazill and both Madi and Kelsey Browne out with ACL tears.

Meanwhile, Medhurst and April Brandley both bade goodbye to the club prior to season beginning due to respective pregnancies, while Madi Browne announced her retirement shortly after the season was complete.

With just one win to their name in 2020, the Magpies looked to reset as 2021 arrived. A new head coach in Nicole Richardson ("Richo") came in tow, with the former Melbourne Kestrels and Australian Diamonds champion ringing in a new era for the club. Despite finishing outside the top four once more, it was arguably a much more successful season for the Magpies with six wins to their name.

2022 is shaping up to be a big year for the Magpies, with the huge acquisition of Sophie Garbin putting the Pies in the spotlight. Retaining much of the greater squad from past seasons and captained by champions Mentor and Brazill, the Magpies are looking to build on their 2021 season and put themselves on the map in 2022.