EIGHT PLAYERS BACK IN BLACK + WHITE

Tiarne Swersky - June 19, 2017

Skipper Madi Robinson, star defender Sharni Layton and the league’s most prolific scorer Caitlin Thwaites headline the list of eight Magpies Netball players locked away for season 2018.

Robinson and Thwaites join Ashleigh Brazill, Shae Brown, Kim Ravaillion, April Brandley and Alice Teague-Neeld as the seven inaugural players automatically listed due to their two-year contracts.

The club has been boosted by the news that vice-captain, Sharni Layton, has recommitted to the Magpies after a one-year deal this season.

“We are so excited to have these players back at Collingwood for a second year,” General Manager of Magpies Netball Jennifer McIntyre said.

“They are all quality players, and more importantly, they are quality people who we are thrilled to be working with again as we look ahead to a bigger and better 2018 season.

It begins a busy few weeks for list managers across the country with Netball Australia announcing the contracting period for the 2018 Super Netball season begins today.

“The club has a list management committee in place who are responsible for ensuring the club’s short-term and long-term future remains in a strong position,” McIntyre said.

Over the past few weeks, each of the eight Super Netball clubs have held the rights to resign any of its existing 10 contracted athletes, including replacement players and training players.

Over the next three weeks, clubs can sign any player not formally contracted to a team as part of their 10-player list.

Clubs will be required to finalise their lists by Monday 10th July 2017.

Netball Australia has also confirmed the 2018 Super Netball competition will begin next April to allow for an uninterrupted season with the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games set to be held from April 4-15.

With many of the league’s best players set to feature in the Games, the Super Netball season will be pushed back to avoid any clashes.

Magpies Netball will make further announcements regarding its 2018-playing list in the coming weeks.

Magpies Netball 2018 Squad (as confirmed so far):

Madi Robinson

Sharni Layton

Caitlin Thwaites

Ashleigh Brazill

Shae Brown

Kim Ravaillion

April Brandley

Alice Teague-Neeld