Jovic and Ward re-commit for 2021

27 days ago

Collingwood’s exciting debutants Molly Jovic and Jodi-Ann Ward have re-committed for season 2021.

Tash Lewis

Collingwood’s exciting debutants Molly Jovic and Jodi-Ann Ward have re-committed for season 2021.

The pair signed on the dotted line today, as Collingwood’s 2020 campaign nears its end. The Pies play the Queensland Firebirds tomorrow in the final round of the Super Netball competition.

In June, Jovic signed with the Pies as a permanent replacement for cross-coder Ash Brazill, who is overcoming a knee injury.

Ward joined Collingwood’s defensive unit in September of last year following a season with the Severn Stars in the English Super League.

The duo made their Super Netball debut in the opening round and apart from Jovic missing two games due to injury were selected in the starting line-up for every match.

Jovic was quick to adapt to the highest level. She won the MVP award for round three in just her third appearance.

Ward has been one of the best intercepting defenders in the competition this season, averaging more than two intercepts per match.

Jovic and Ward join Geva Mentor, Kelsey Browne, Shimona Nelson and Brazill as contracted players with Collingwood for the 2021 season.

With the Super Netball league’s Collective Player Agreement (CPA) finishing at the end of 2021, clubs are only able to sign players on one-year deals.

Collingwood’s GM of Women’s Sport, Jane Woodlands-Thompson, congratulated Jovic and Ward on a standout first year.

“Molly has demonstrated strong, consistent performances in her debut year, which is a real credit to her as she has an impeccable work ethic,” Woodlands-Thompson said.

“Jodi’s ability to read the play and position herself a step ahead of her opponent is incredible. She is a real ball-getter and has proven to be an ideal pairing for Geva in the defensive circle.

“Both Molly and Jodi have proven to be excellent cultural assets. We look forward to seeing them develop and continue to build on their learnings next year.”

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