REFRESHED ROBINSON READY TO ROLL

Tiarne Swersky - November 30, 2017

Madi Robinson knows a thing or two about pre-season.

As she readies herself for the 12th year of her netball career, the Collingwood captain is as determined as ever to make her mark on the game.

And it all starts now.

“Over the years, my preparation for each season has evolved; because as you get older, that break becomes more vital, both physically and mentally,” Robinson told Magpies Netball this week.

“In saying that, I feel like a rookie all over again this pre-season.

“I’m in a really good space. I feel refreshed and I can’t wait to get back out on court and go around again.”

After bowing out of the 2017 SSN season in a heartbreaking semi-final defeat, the Magpies returned to the Holden Centre in early November to begin their 2018 campaign.

But for Robinson, falling short of the competition’s ultimate prize lingered into the off-season.

“I took a long time to reflect on what worked this year, and what didn’t. I thought a lot about how we can make 2018 a better year for us.”

“Once we got through our review process at the end of the season, I decided it was time to move on.

“I went away on holidays and spent a lot of time with my family. It was nice to be able to switch off and recharge.”

However, the 29-year-old found herself in a unique position over the break, faced with a constant reminder of the result of the 2017 season.

It was no other than her sister, Kelsey Browne.

Browne was a member of the victorious Sunshine Coast Lightning squad who claimed the inaugural SSN premiership earlier this year.

“Sibling rivalries are always high on anyone’s list and it’s no different in our family.”

“It was incredible to be there [at the Grand Final] and wear the big sister hat. When she won and lifted the trophy, I couldn’t have been prouder.

“As the older sister, you hate to give up the bragging rights, but I’m hoping the Pies will be in the same position as the Lightning were in 2018.”

With the new season set to start in April following the Commonwealth Games, the extended pre-season means the Magpies will have more time to prepare since joining together only 12 months ago.

“We’re in a completely different place to where we were this time last year.”

“Now, it’s about enjoying the journey. Towards the end of last year, we were pretty exhausted.

“Since coming back, you can tell that everyone is ready to get back in the groove and start again. The vibe at the club, across all codes, is just awesome.”

Set to lead the Magpies as skipper for a second consecutive year, Robinson will be surrounded by a new-look leadership group, including Shae Brown, Kim Ravaillion and Caitlin Thwaites.

“The best thing about this group is that we all bring different strengths to the table.”

“Caitlin is a leader on the court. She sets an incredible example in that space.

“Shae is the ultimate professional and will do anything for the team. She’s a people person and has a very caring nature.

“And Rav is patient and measured. She’s not the most vocal person, but when she talks, people listen.”

With the Christmas break looming, the team will travel to Perth for a pre-season camp in December, before reuniting in the New Year.

“The nicest thing about the pre-season is how much we are enjoying being around each other. It’s training mode, and it’s a grind sometimes, but we’re all really excited for what’s to come.”