2022 SSN Season Review: Collingwood Magpies
THE 2022 Suncorp Super Netball season has come to an end, so let us now take a look back at each team’s season in retrospect. Today’s team in review is the Collingwood Magpies, who finished fourth in 2022.
Despite the slow start to the season, once they really got going Collingwood did not let their slow start to the season get in the way. They were the victim of a number of badly timed Covid outbreaks which slowed them down at times and hampered their climb up the ladder, but one thing you cannot fault the Magpies’ on is their fight and never give up attitude.
After they were on the winning side of a close percentage battle for fourth placed, they made finals for the first time since 2019.
They faced the GIANTS in the minor semi final, and despite fighting until the final siren they were unable to prevail, losing by seven goals.
But despite the frustration they are certainly feeling, Collingwood coach Nicole Richardson and her team can hardly call 2022 a failed season.
Although the Pies had a number of good wins this season, it is hard to go past their win in the first Melbourne Derby this season.
They were clinical from the get go, leaving the Vixens rattled and never let the foot off the gas. Ultimately their reward was a ten-goal win.
There were plenty of standouts for the black and white this season.
Shimona Nelson was an absolute star up forward for the Pies this season, taking the bulk of the shooting load and keeping her side in the game on a number of occasions.
Like many of their rivals, Collingwood too have started to make changes to their list ahead of next season.
The shooter played a few games for the Pies this season when Covid decimated their shooting line, and has been rewarded for a strong season at both VNL level and when she came into the SSN side.