The Tasmanian Magpies have today announced their leadership team for the upcoming 2019 Australian Netball League (ANL) season.
A co-captain leadership model was decided upon with Collingwood Magpies training partners Kelsie Rainbow and Melissa Bragg appointed to lead the squad.
Rainbow made the move to Melbourne from Tasmania four years ago and has been a part of the Collingwood side for two seasons after a stint at the Melbourne Vixens.
Bragg was given a second chance by Collingwood in 2018 and has paid back the investment with a strong 2018 ANL campaign and an impressive appearance in the Suncorp #TeamGirls Pre-Season Cup, which eventuated in the Magpies taking home their first piece of silverware.
Completing the leadership team, Tasmanian mid-courter, Shelby Miller will be supporting the pair as vice-captain which means that two of the three leaders hail from the Apple Isle.
Head Coach Elissa Kent is excited by the diversity within the group.
“All three of them bring unique qualities that we all will benefit from having them in these roles.”
“They all display strong high-performance behaviours within the daily training environment, their work ethic and skill sets are second to none.”
“Shelby and Mel have a very direct inclusive manner focussed on what we need to achieve and drive the team forward, while Kelsie is very process driven and has an analytical mind and cool head”
“It was great to see that we had Melbournians putting forward Tasmanian athletes and vice-versa. We have put in a lot of work to try to limit the geographical challenge we face being in two states and this is a sign that the team is feeling united” said Kent.
Elissa has been spending pre-season in Tasmania and Victoria preparing both respective squads following a one club training camp at the Holden Centre in February.
“The preparations have been going well and I am enjoying my time working with both groups and obviously the team as a whole. The next six weeks in the lead up to round one, we will be working on cementing more strategies and familiarity in combinations.”
The team will step out together for the first time in the opening round on May 4th and 5th when they match up against Queensland Fusion at the new Queensland State Netball Centre.