THE success of last week’s netball clinic hosted by Lake Boga FNC has seen the Collingwood Netball Club vow to return for more.
The travelling Mapgies were greeted by more than 110 local junior netballers at Alan Garden Reserve on Wednesday, despite bitterly cold and damp conditions, where they held two consecutive skills clinics as well as taking the time to sign autographs and answer some questions.
Collingwood ventured to the North-West for a road trip following the first season of Suncorp Super Netball, in which they were eliminated in the first week of finals.
The newly-formed side, who fall under the banner of one of Australia’s most popular football sides, appear to have a large contingent of support in the Mallee, with many of the girls decked out in Collingwood apparel.
“Wednesday was our last day on the trip. We started off last Sunday night at Horsham and the Mildura on Tuesday,” Collingwood operations manager Sarah Francis said.
“Football and netball is huge for country areas and we love being able to do this."
Central Murray FNL were approached to host the clinic, which was offered to the Lake Boga FNC in celebration of both Magpies clubs 125th anniversaries.
“We were really excited when we were put in contact with Lake Boga, seeing as they were also the Magpies and celebrating their 125th anniversary,” Francis said.
Magpies defender and Australian representative April Brandley says interacting with the next generation is one of the perks of the job.
“It’s a part of the job we love. It was a full-on few days but it was a great trip,” she said.
“Hopefully we can get a few more members out of the trip, or mini magpies as we like to call them.”