A Diamond in Brazill

29 days ago

Collingwood Magpies’ champion mid-courter Ash Brazill is again an Australian Diamond.

Tash Lewis

The 29-year-old has been selected in the 13 woman team that will contest the Constellation Cup in October.

The mid-courter was first called into the Australian national squad for the 2015 World Cup as an injured player replacement where she earned her first test cap. Brazill was given another opportunity in the 2016 England series where she won her next three test caps.

The cross-code superstar has been pushing for a return ever since.

In 2017 Brazill joined the Magpies in its inaugural season following five years at West Coast Fever – leading the team in her final two seasons.

In the same year Brazill played for the Australian Fast5 World Series team before being drafted to Collingwood’s AFLW team with pick no. 35 in the draft. In doing so she became the first dual-sport athlete to play two elite codes under the one sporting organisation.

Across a nine year sporting career, Brazill has earned a reputation as one of the best female athletes in Australia.

This year, Brazill played a complete 2019 Super Netball season and celebrated a milestone 100 national league games in round ten against the Giants.

Over 15 rounds the mid-courter answered for 34 turnover gains and 18 intercepts. Known for her efforts as a wing-defender, Brazill stepped into centre position for the final five rounds this year playing her best brand of netball to date. Brazill was awarded MVP for three consecutive weeks during this time.

Earlier this year the cross-code half-back was named in the AFLW All-Australian team. Brazill is the first current international level netballer to win All-Australian AFLW honours.

Collingwood’s GM of Women’s Sport, Jane Woodlands-Thompson, said Brazill’s selection was deserved recognition for sustained excellence on the court.

“Across two codes, Ash is an incredible athlete and we are thrilled for her to be selected for the Australian team,” Woodlands-Thompson said.

“As a foundation player she has played a key role in the Magpies’ success and is now getting the national recognition she deserves.”

“There’s no doubt Ash’s name will go down as one of the great female athletes of this country.”

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