Continuing Jamaica’s dominance in the league, former Magpie Jodi-Ann Ward has signed a three-year deal with GIANTS Netball.
Ward was in career-best form last season with Collingwood, tallying 66 deflections, 40 intercepts and 16 rebounds. She was named goal defence in the 2023 Team of the Year.
The Jamaican Sunshine Girl joined the league in 2020, playing 56 games for Collingwood in the meantime. Prior to that, she played 18 games in the Netball Super League with the Severn Stars in England.
Ward debuted for Jamaica against Barbados in 2017 and has been a stand-out every year since. She won silver at the 2023 World Cup and Bronze at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Versatility is key for the 29-year-old being able to play all three defensive positions. She has natural athletic ability with a great vertical jump and closing speed on the ball.
Ward is ready to be a role model for the younger players, to be there when they need her.
“They are well rounded with youth and experience with a lot of room to grow and I want to be apart of that growth.”
“My goal is to always ensure that whoever I’m on court with at any time feels comfortable and protected knowing that I’ve got their back in any situation,” she said.
“Especially as you develop new combinations or introduce younger players.”
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Head Coach Julie Fitzgerald is prepared for Ward’s impact on the young defenders.
“She is such an exciting player and I can’t wait to inject her into our lineup,” she said.
“We knew we needed to bolster our defensive end with experience and we thought Jodi-Ann would be a perfect fit for many reasons.
“She comes off a fantastic season of netball … and we can’t wait to see where she takes her game in the years to come in her new colours.”