NELSON TO FLY WITH PIES IN 2019
Collingwood has secured the signature of one of netball’s brightest young talents, with Jamaican goal shooter, Shimona Nelson, joining the club for the next two seasons.
Originally from Kingston, Nelson – who stands at 195cm tall – first arrived on the Australian netball scene with the Adelaide Thunderbirds, after starring with the Jamaican Fast Five team in 2017.
The 19-year-old embarked on her first season of professional netball as an injury replacement player for the South Australian franchise, after turning down an offer to play college basketball in Chicago.
Nelson featured in all 14 games for the Thunderbirds in 2018, converting 418 goals at 88 per cent accuracy.
With her height and agility, the youngster caused havoc for defenders with 10 deflections, one interception and 27 offensive rebounds in her debut campaign.
Blessed with athleticism and raw talent, Nelson has been highly touted as one of the most promising goal shooters in the league.
General Manager of Magpies Netball Jennifer McIntyre said Nelson appealed to Collingwood – and will excite fans – for a number of reasons.
“Shimona is wonderfully athletic for someone of her height,” McIntyre said.
“There is an eye-catching quality to her play that I think fans will warm to very quickly.
“But the rate of her improvement as a netballer, which was amazing this year, suggests that there is so much more to come.
“I think it’s clear that Shimona is deeply committed to developing her craft and to becoming an outstanding player in our league.
“She is very humble and just so dedicated. We think Shimona is a wonderful addition to the Magpies Netball squad.”
SHIMONA NELSON BIO
Place of birth: Kingston, Jamaica
Super Netball debut: 2018
Former team: Adelaide Thunderbirds