The Tasmanian Magpies have today announced a trio of upcoming stars to lead the side in season 2019 of the Deakin University Australian Netball League (DUANL).
Magpies Training Partners Kelsie Rainbow and Melissa Bragg will hold co-captain positions, in the trending three tier leadership setup.
Rainbow relocated to Melbourne from Tasmania four years ago to pursue both netball and educational aspirations and has been in the Collingwood setup for two seasons now, after a stint in the Melbourne Vixens/Fury pathway.
Bragg was given a second chance by Collingwood in 2018 and has paid back her investment by the club, with a strong 2018 DUANL campaign and an impressive appearance in the #TeamGirls Suncorp Pre-Season Cup with the Magpies.
Tasmanian Shelby Miller will complete the leadership setup as vice-captain, forming a strong contingent of Tasmanian representation amongst the leadership team.
Head Coach Elissa Kent is thrilled with the three athletes elected.
“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 focused 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 both Tasmania and Victoria preparing the respective squads, after a full team 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 put their skills to test when they take on Queensland Fusion in the opening round on the 4th and 5th May at the new Queensland State Netball Centre.