RECAP: THE MAGPIES TRAVEL TO TASMANIA
Tiarne Swersky - May 1, 2017
After picking up the points against the Firebirds and enjoying four days of all that Launceston has to offer, Collingwood’s ‘Festival of Netball’ proved to be a major success for the Magpies.
In conjunction with the Tasmanian Government and Netball Tasmania, Collingwood Magpies Netball hosted an array of events within the Launceston community before clashing with the Queenslanders in a fourth versus fifth blockbuster match-up on Sunday afternoon.
Relive the club’s epic four-day visit to Tasmania below.
Super Clinic – Thursday 27th April
After landing in Launceston on Thursday morning, the team headed to the first-ever Magpies Netball clinic held in Tasmania.
Based at St Patrick’s College, all ten players spent the day teaching and interacting with young netballers.
With over 100 kids in attendance across the day, participants were treated to a shooting clinic from Caitlin Thwaites, Alice Teague-Neeld and Cody Lange; a defensive workshop with April Brandley and Micaela Wilson; a midcourt master class from Madi Robinson, Ash Brazill and Kim Ravaillion, and a Q+A with Sharni Layton and Shae Brown.
To round out a fun-filled day, all clinic goers went home with photos and autographs of their favourite Magpies, as well as a goody bag courteous of Chemist Warehouse!
Tasmanian Institute of Sport – Friday 28th April
It was all work and no play on Friday morning as the Magpies put in an early weights training session at the elite sports performance facility in preparation for Sunday’s game.
Magpies meet + greet at Chemist Warehouse – Friday 28th April
From training, the team headed to the Chemist Warehouse racecourse store in Launceston to meet some more of their Tassie Magpie fans.
Hosted by a live LAFM broadcast, the players talked about the upcoming game on Launceston radio, before signing autographs, taking pictures and shooting goals at Chemist Warehouse’s activation setup.
A few lucky Magpies were able to take on Cody Lange and Caitlin Thwaites in a game of knockout, while others had to try shoot over Micaela Wilson, Shae Brown and April Brandley.
Open Training – Friday 28th April
A jam-packed Friday in Launceston concluded at the Silverdome where the Magpies trained in front of an eager crowd.
Coaches Kristy Keppich-Birrell and Kate Upton were mic’d up for the session, while the players worked tirelessly in their final hit out before the big game.
The team were joined by two of Tasmania’s best young netballers, as Courtney Treloar and Piper Sanders took part in a few of the training drills after representing their state in the 17/U National Championships last week.
Day Off – Saturday 29th April
After two busy days, the players were left to explore Launceston on their day off.
A group of players went to the local market on Saturday morning, while others headed to The University of Tasmania Stadium for the Hawthorn v St Kilda AFL game down the road.
Others decided to soak in the beautiful backdrop of Launceston by exploring the Cataract Gorge.
MAGPIES NETBALL v QUEENSLAND FIREBIRDS – Sunday 30th April
In a thrilling finish at the Silverdome, the Magpies claimed a two-goal victory (61-59) over the Firebirds in front of a passionate Tasmanian crowd.
The Premier of Tasmania, Will Hodgman was in attendance as the Magpies and Firebirds battled out a fierce contest.
Thanks to a clinical defensive performance by Sharni Layton and Ash Brazill, the Magpies notched their third consecutive victory and pushed ahead in the race for fourth spot on the ladder.
For a full recap of the Magpies' win over the Firebirds in Tasmania, head to magpi.es/2qhzRln