The 2020 Super Netball season was a challenge for Collingwood, only being able to win one game for the year and losing key players to long term injury.
Looking towards the bright side for the future, the Magpies were able to unearth some new talent, one of them being Molly Jovic.
Jovic spoke to The Inner Sanctum about her first season in the Super Netball and what’s to come for 2021.
Prior to the 2020 season, Collingwood signed Jovic as an injury replacement player, though little did she know at the time that her first season would be like no other.
“It was an amazing experience and obviously super grateful that I got to do it, it was only because of injury that had happened throughout the team which was difficult,” she told The Inner Sanctum
“I got an opportunity, that was awesome for me [but] it was a bit difficult in the sense that we all got moved into a hub.
“We were playing games every second day and doing little trainings when you could, but you really didn’t have that much time to get a proper training session in.”
During the Magpies 2020 campaign, they lost sisters Madi and Kelsey Browne for the remainder of the season due to injury. Jovic suddenly found herself being asked to step up and take control of the mid court.
“Madi and Kelsey are both incredible athletes and bring so much to our team both on and off the court, and having them both down at the same time was a lot of support I felt not there anymore,” Jovic explained.
“I had to step up as it was two of our main mid-courters that had gone down and [left] huge shoes to fill.”
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Now that the brutal 2020 season is behind them, the Magpies are out to redeem themselves. With a new coach and lots of star power returning, they are looking to make their mark on 2021.
New head coach Nicole Richardson had previously coached Jovic at the City West Falcons, and Jovic is excited at the chance to play under the new game plan that Richardson has brought in.
“Richo [Nicole Richardson] has got a lot of accolades to her name, so she knows what it’s like to be an elite sports person, she knows how to set standards and get the best out of people,” she said.
“She has a great relationship with everyone on this team and she’s invested a lot in us and now we want to do it for her.”
One of Jovic’s former teammates from her time at the Falcons, Jacqui Newton, has joined the ranks at the Magpies and has hit the ground running.
“Jacqui is a legend both on and off the court, she has incredible arms you don’t think she’s going to get to something and all of a sudden she’s got the ball or made a rejection,” Jovic said.
“She’s also just an awesome person, she fitted in straight away when she got to the club, everyone loved her. She’s a massive plus for us this year and I can’t wait to see what she can do when she gets her opportunity.”
2021 will be the first time that Jovic gets to play in front of the Magpie Army, though she’s more excited that the opportunity has arisen to play in front of her loved ones.
“This might be selfish but I’m just excited to play In front of my family and my friends last year I didn’t get to do that,” she said.
“My family are all Collingwood supporters and they are pretty excited to come watch me instead of sitting on the couch at home cheering along.”
The Collingwood Magpies kick of their 2021 season tonight against Sunshine Coast Lightning at John Cain Arena.
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