Magpies set to soar in Tasmania

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A PARTNERSHIP between the Tasmanian Government and the Collingwood Magpies Super Netball League Club has now been extended for an additional three years.

The new $1.75 million contract, commencing in the 2020 season, will also keep the Tasmanian Magpies in the Australian Netball League (ANL), the top feeder competition to Suncorp Super Netball, for the next three years.

Minister for Sport and Recreation Jane Howlett said the Tasmanian majority Liberal Government was committed to providing opportunities for aspiring athletes, from grassroots level all the way to top-tier competition.

“It is hoped this significant investment will not only increase grassroots participation but strengthen the pathways for young Tasmanian netballers to realise their dreams of playing at the highest level,” she said.

The Tasmanian Magpies have been part of the ANL since 2017 and took out the championships in its second year, marking Tasmanian netball’s coming of age in elite competition.

As part of the agreement, Collingwood will host a women in sport conference and community camps, as well as development opportunities for coaches, umpires, administrators and staff.

“Importantly, this agreement will also see Collingwood Magpies Netball bring a Suncorp Super Netball game to the Silverdrome in Launceston each year, bringing some of the biggest names in the game to the court right here in Tasmania,” Minister Howlett said.

“In 2019, netball boasted the highest female participation rate in the state, with more than 7,300 registered players and I’m confident the renewal of this important partnership will see that number continue to rise long into the future.”

Caption: From left, Collingwood Football Club director of community and stadia David Emerson, Collingwood Magpies player Matilda Garrett, Minister for Sport and Recreation Jane Howlett, Collingwood Magpies co-captain Geva Mentor and Netball Tasmania chief executive officer Aaron Pidgeon.

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