15/04/2024
Geva Mentor, Shimona Nelson, Ash Brazill and Jodi-Ann Ward are among Collingwood Super Netball players locked in until 2023.

Geva Mentor, Shimona Nelson, Ash Brazill and Jodi-Ann Ward are among Collingwood Super Netball players locked in until 2023.(Photo:Dani Brown)

Collingwood has secured its 2022 Super Netball playing roster, with seven players committing to the Magpies until the end of 2023.

Collingwood has announced the remaining eight players that will join Sophie Garbin and Maggie Lind in the black and white for 2022. For all the Suncorp Super Netball signing news, stay up to date with our Off-Season Hub and follow The Inner Sanctum’s netball podcast, Over a Third, on Twitter and Instagram to get the news when it breaks.

Geva Mentor, Ash Brazill, Kelsey Browne, Jodi-Ann Ward, Shimona Nelson and Molly Jovic have all committed to the Magpies on two year contracts, remaining in the black and white until the end of 2023.

Goaler Gabby Sinclair and defender Jacqui Newton have both penned one year deals with the club.

In Mentor’s third season at the Magpies, she joined the prestigious 200 game club and only missed one game for the season. The international star will be preparing for her 15th season of Australian netball next year.

After missing 2020 due to an ACL injury, Brazill picked back up where she left off in 2019, only missing one game and claiming 54 turnovers.

The only foundation Magpie remaining, Brazill has made the most Super Netball appearances in the black and white with 57 games across five seasons. The cross-code superstar has also penned a two year deal with Collingwood’s AFLW team earlier this year.

Mentor and Brazill are both currently gearing up for international netball. Mentor with the England Roses, and Brazill with the Australian Diamonds, ahead of the international series in Perth later this year.

The 2021 Magpies Best and Fairest winner, Ward, finished the season in the top five for intercepts ( (34), deflections (83) and gains (71), contributing to her selection on the Nissan Net Points Team of the Year.

After returning from a knee injury, Browne returned in style, cementing herself as one of the best wing attacks in the competition. Browne was in the top three for centre pass receives (267) and tied for third in the Magpies best and fairest alongside goaler Shimona Nelson.

Nelson had a breakout season in 2021, especially towards the back end of the year, scoring the second-most goals in the league (614) at 94 per cent efficiency.

Shimona Nelson will remain in the black and white for another two seasons. (Photo: Dani Brown)

Jovic impressed in her second season in the black and white, cementing herself in the Magpies starting seven. Jovic had 265 feeds and 167 assists.

Sinclair, who was the Magpies go-to option in goal attack, once against shined with 28 super shots this season as well as 245 feeds. 

New to the Magpies last season, Jacqui Newton had a great debut year in the black and white recording  21 deflections across nine games in the Pies’ defensive end and had a breakout game in round two with six rebounds and deflections.

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The long term signing of Mentor, Brazill, Ward, Browne, Nelson, Jovic and Garbin mirrors Magpies Coach Nicole Richardson who also signed a two year extension recently.

Richardson said she is thrilled with today’s display of commitment. 

“We are delighted to have finalised our squad for 2022,” the coach said.

“Each player has played a key role in establishing a solid foundation for this club and their signatures today not only provide great stability but also demonstrates their commitment and belief in our program. 

“With multiple players committing for two years, we are pleased to secure the future of our club and they will all play crucial roles in ensuring we are best positioned to achieve success in 2022 and beyond.”  

Nicole Richardson has locked in her 2022 playing group. (Photo: Dani Brown)

In other Collingwood contract news, defensive midcourter Melissa Bragg and goaler Kalifa McCollin have been informed that they haven’t been offered contracts for 2022.

Bragg joined the Magpies in 2018 as a training partner and made her Super Netball debut in round five the same year. In 2020 Bragg was elevated into the Magpies squad and had 26 appearances in the black and white dress.

Bragg was also a member of Collingwood’s 2019 Super Club championship side and was crowned a premiership player for the club’s ANL side, the Tasmanian Magpies in 2018, a team she went on to captain in 2019.

Joining the Magpies in 2021, McCollin made her debut in round one and made seven appearances out on court this season, shooting a total of 31 goals.

“We would like to thank both Mel and Kalifa for their contributions to our program,” Richardson said. 

“We’ve been lucky to have Mel with us for the last four years and even though we’ve had a short time with Kalifa, they’ve both been valuable members of our team and we wish them all the best for the future.”

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