Collingwood Magpies Netball

Collingwood Magpies Netball is an Australian netball team in Melbourne which competes in the premier domestic league, Suncorp Super Netball. The team was founded in 2016, during the disbanding of the ANZ Championship. The Magpies are owned by the professional Australian Football League entity, the Collingwood Football Club. Home games are usually played at Melbourne Arena.

Collingwood Magpies
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Based inMelbourne
Home venueMelbourne Arena (10,500)
Silverdome (4,000)
Head coachRob Wright
CaptainMadison Browne & Geva Mentor
LeagueSuncorp Super Netball
2019 placing4th (after finals)
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Following the dissolving of the trans-Tasman ANZ Championship competition in 2016, Netball Australia announced the creation of a new national Netball league, which would feature the five original Australian teams and three additional teams. In May 2016, Netball Australia confirmed that the Collingwood Football Club was one of three preferred license holders for the new teams.[1]

Collingwood Magpies Netball was launched in September 2016 at the headquarters of the Collingwood Football Club, the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre. The new team had a distinct logo, different from the football team, though a few years later the club elected to unify the logo with the football team.[2] Speaking at the launch, club President Eddie McGuire stated "this team is not an add on to our [football] program by any stretch. It has its own identity, its own high performance unit in its own right and our strategy is to get the best people and best players possible."[3]

The club's original logo (2017-2019)

2017-20: Early yearsEdit

The Magpies debuted in the 2017 Super Netball season. For the inaugural season, Madi Browne was appointed team captain under head coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell.[3] The Magpies entered the league with a star-studded squad of former and existing Australia national team players, thanks mainly due to significant financial weight backing the team. Consequently, the Magpies were widely tipped by pundits to win the league.[4] However, the team finished the regular season fourth (out of eight teams) on the ladder and lost their elimination final to Giants Netball by one goal.[5] In the following season the Magpies struggled for wins and consistency. Prominent defender Sharni Layton announced her retirement and the club elected not to extend the contract of coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell, replacing her with former Swifts coach Rob Wright at the end of the season.[6] Wright oversaw the signing of new players Kelsey Browne and Geva Mentor among others, and the Magpies returned to finals, though were defeated by local rivals the Vixens in the elimination final.



The Magpies primary home court is the 10,500-capacity Melbourne Arena. The club also plays one home game a year at the Silverdome in Launceston as part of an agreement with the government of Tasmania.[7] Other venues the club has played (or are scheduled to play) home matches at in the past are Margaret Court Arena, the State Netball and Hockey Centre and Bendigo Stadium.

List of captainsEdit

Collingwood's inaugural captain was Madi Browne, who led the team to a finals place in the inaugural season. The club became the first in the league's history to appoint co-captains, when English international Geva Mentor was appointed alongside Browne in 2019.[8]


2020 Collingwood Magpies roster
Players Coaching staff
Nat. Name Position(s) DoB Height
  Melissa Bragg GD, WD 17 December 1994 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
  Ashleigh Brazill WD, C 29 December 1989 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
  Kelsey Browne   WA, C 17 January 1992 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
  Madison Browne WA, C 5 January 1988 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
  Matilda Garrett GD, GK 11 August 1998 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
  Molly Jovic (TRP) WA, C 00/00/0000
  Nat Medhurst GA, GS, WA 20 January 1984 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
  Geva Mentor GK 17 September 1984 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
  Shimona Nelson GS 1 December 1998 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
  Gabrielle Sinclair GA, GS 12 July 1993 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
  Jodi-Ann Ward GD, WD 01 September 1994 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Head coach
  • Rob Wright

  • (c) – Captain
  • (cc) – Co-captain
  • (vc) – Vice-captain
  •   – Injury / maternity leave
  • (TRP) – Temporary Replacement Player
Player profiles: Team website Last updated: 23/06/2019

Competitive recordEdit

Season Standings Regular season Finals Head coach
Collingwood Magpies
2017 4th 9 0 5 Lost Elimination Final (Giants, 51–52) Kristy Keppich-Birrell
2018 7th 3 1 10 DNQ Kristy Keppich-Birrell
2019 4th 7 2 5 Lost Elimination Final (Vixens, 49–62) Rob Wright
Regular season 19 3 20 0 Minor Premierships
Finals 0 0 2 0 Super Netball titles

Tasmanian MagpiesEdit

The club operates a reserves team, known as the Tasmanian Magpies, which play some matches in Tasmania and acts as a feeder team beneath the senior squad. The Tasmanian Magpies compete in the second-tier Australian Netball League and were established by the club in 2017.[9] The squad is made up of a mixture of some of Tasmania’s most elite netballers as well as up to five Collingwood Magpies training partners.[9][10] The team celebrated its inaugural premiership in 2018.[11]


Club achievementsEdit

  • Premierships (0): Nil
  • Minor Premierships (0): Nil
  • Pre-Season Premierships (1): 2019
  • Reserve Grade Premierships (1): 2018
  • NZ Super Club Titles (1): 2019

Best and fairestsEdit

Player Year won Years active Ref
Caitlin Thwaites 2017 2002–present [12]
Ash Brazill 2018 2010–present [13]
Geva Mentor 2019 2005–present [14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Netball Australia confirms new eight-team division and bumper broadcasting deal". ABC News. 19 May 2016.
  2. ^ "It's more than one team, one sport, or one individual. It's our club, and your club. It thrives off our passion and commitment. Through highs and lows, we are one community, where everyone belongs. New Year. New Logo". Collingwood. Twitter. 13 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Collingwood unveil all-star contract list headed by Sharni Layton for new netball national league". Herald Sun. 21 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Super Netball: Collingwood lifts bar and tipped to dominate competition". ABC News. 18 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Super Netball: Giants roll Collingwood Magpies in nailbiting one-goal win". 3 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Collingwood Magpies Netball appoint Rob Wright as new coach". 7 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Magpies head to Launceston". Collingwood Magpies. 1 February 2017. Archived from the original on 15 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Co-captains Robinson and Mentor lead the Magpies in 2019". Magpies Netball. 27 February 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Tasmanian Magpies ANL team officially announced". Magpies Netball. 1 February 2018. Archived from the original on 15 March 2019.
  10. ^ "2-18 Tasmanian Magpies ANL squad announced". Netball Tasmania. 15 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Tassie Magpies celebrate first DUANL title". Netball Australia. 1 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Brazill Crowned Best And Fairest". Collingwood Magpies. 7 October 2018. The 28-year-old finished on 51 votes, nine ahead of last season’s best and fairest winner (2017), Caitlin Thwaites.
  13. ^ "Brazill Crowned Best And Fairest". Collingwood Magpies. 7 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Mentor claims best and fairest in debut season with Pies". Collingwood Magpies. 4 October 2019.

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