Former Collingwood Magpies Gabby Sinclair and Molly Jovic have signed with the newly established Melbourne Mavericks.
Sinclair signed her first Super Netball contract in 2019 with the Magpies, elevated as a training partner.
She was a training partner for two years and played for the Tasmanian Magpies in the Australian Netball League (ANL) winning a premiership in 2018. Her breakout performance in the ANL Grand Final caught the eyes of Collingwood, which gave her her shot at making it in the SSN.
In 2019, Sinclair was selected in the Australian development squad alongside four fellow Mavericks; Tayla Fraser, Olivia Lewis, Amy Parmenter and Kim Jenner.
Sinclair went on to join the Cardiff Dragons in the Netball Super League (NSL) in the UK for the 2023 season as she was not offered another contract by Collingwood with court time, the sticking point.
The 30-year-old was a late bloomer to elite netball, but her contribution to Melbourne University Lightning in the Victorian Netball League was outstanding. She won a premiership with them in 2016 in their Championship division.
While at the Dragons, Sinclair competed in their FAST5 side, winning the Player of the Series Award representing the Manchester Thunder.
Mavericks Head Coach Tracey Neville is excited to have Sinclair as a workhorse in the shooting end.
“Quiet but extremely effective is how I would describe Gabby,” NevilleDONE DEAL: Experienced and versatile midcourter becomes a Thunderbird said.
“Her ability to get the ball, feed the circle, and her composure under pressure to shoot from range is something I’m extremely excited to work with and develop.”
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Jovic first entered Super Netball as a replacement player for the 2020 season, coming in for the injured Ash Brazill. She then became a contracted player in 2021, quickly becoming a starter in the black and white.
Jovic also played for the Tasmanian Magpies in 2019, previously playing for Vic Fury in 2017 and 2018. She was named in the Victorian Netball League (VNL) Championship Team of the Year playing for the City West Falcons.
Her versatility will add some flavour to the Mavericks midcourt, able to fill any position that’s required of her.
Neville said Jovic is an underdog in the league, able to just do her job and do it well.
“Molly is one of the most underrated midcourters in the SSN,” Neville said.
“Her running capacity is impressive, and she has a flair on the ball that she isn’t scared to execute when needed. She is a good, honest, hard worker in attack and defence.”