Collingwood Magpies Netball
Melbourne Arena (10,500)|
Margaret Court Arena (7,500)
|Head coach||Rob Wright|
|League||Suncorp Super Netball|
Collingwood Magpies Netball is an Australian netball team in Melbourne which competes in the premier Australian league, Suncorp Super Netball. The team was founded in 2016, during the disbanding of the ANZ Championship. The Magpies are wholly owned by the elite Australian Football League entity, the Collingwood Football Club. Home games are played at Melbourne Arena and Margaret Court Arena.
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.
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. 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." The Magpies announced that home games would be shared between Melbourne Arena and Margaret Court Arena. The club has also invested in a Tasmanian partnership, which sees them play one home match a year at the Silverdome in Launceston.
2017-20: Early years
The Magpies debuted in the 2017 Super Netball season. For the inaugural season, Madi Robinson was appointed team captain under head coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell. 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. 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. 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.
|2019 Collingwood Magpies roster|
|Player profiles: Team website||Last updated: 14 September 2018|
|Season||Standings||Regular season||Finals||Head coach|
|2017||4th||9||0||5||Lost Elimination Final (Giants, 51–52)||Kristy Keppich-Birrell|
|Regular season||12||1||15||0 Minor Premierships|
|Finals||0||0||1||0 Super Netball titles|
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. 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. The team celebrated it's inaugural premiership in 2018.
- "Netball Australia confirms new eight-team division and bumper broadcasting deal". ABC News. 19 May 2016.
- "Collingwood unveil all-star contract list headed by Sharni Layton for new netball national league". Herald Sun. 21 September 2016.
- "Magpies head to Launceston". Collingwood Magpies. 1 February 2017.
- "Super Netball: Collingwood lifts bar and tipped to dominate competition". ABC News. 18 February 2017.
- "Super Netball: Giants roll Collingwood Magpies in nailbiting one-goal win". 3 June 2017.
- "Collingwood Magpies Netball appoint Rob Wright as new coach". News.com.au. 7 August 2018.
- "Tasmanian Magpies ANL team officially announced". Magpies Netball. 1 February 2018.
- "2-18 Tasmanian Magpies ANL squad announced". Netball Tasmania. 15 February 2018.
- "Tassie Magpies celebrate first DUANL title". Netball Australia. 1 July 2018.