Magpies goal shooter Shimona Nelson will play her 50th national game on Saturday against the Sunshine Coast Lightning.
Nelson joined the Magpies at the end of the 2018 season after spending a season with the Adelaide Thunderbirds. Though she is confident heading into the clash, she’s also slightly nervous about her milestone game.
“It’s really hard to put words to it,” Nelson said.
“At the moment I’m up and down and at the moment I don’t know how to feel about it. I think probably once I take court on Saturday, I’ll probably feel more revved up then anxious.
“I’m taking it day by day, and being around the team and having them tell me not to overthink it even though it’s happening but it’s taking it day by day.”
The Jamaican international has been in fine form this season and gets better every game, with lots of hard work going on behind the scenes during the pre-season
“There is still heaps to come but I’m very grateful for where i’m at at the moment. There’s a lot of stuff that I’ve done off-season to get where I am today but there is heaps of work to go.”
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The Magpies recently moved base to the Sunshine Coast, after being located in Sydney since the recent COVID outbreak in Victoria. Nelson said that the move won’t effect the team too much on court.
“it’s kind of different, we were in Sydney first, everything was okay then COVID hit Sydney,” she said.
“I don’t think it should effect us much.
“The team is feeling really good, it’s a bit warmer here then it was in Sydney, but it’s been really relaxed. We’ve been enjoying the scenery, the beach and just being here and relaxing a bit.”
Nelson and the Magpies will take on the red hot Sunshine Coast Lightning. To get over the line, Nelson said that Collingwood have to stick to their game.
“We have to play our game, not and not be too stuck in the way of playing like for example, chipping away where needs be and not forcing those crosscourt balls, being an option and having more then one option to the ball.”
The Magpies will take on the Sunshine Coast Lightning at USC Stadium at 3pm on Saturday.
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