Caitlin Thwaites in action for the Magpies. Picture: Getty Images
Caitlin Thwaites in action for the Magpies. Picture: Getty Images

Thwaites changes colours after shock call

ONE of the country's top netballers has changed her colours after being given the shock news she was no longer required at Collingwood.

Australian Diamonds goal shooter Caitlin Thwaites, who is a two-time Commonwealth Games medallist, was yesterday named as Melbourne Vixens' marquee recruit for the 2019 Super Netball season after the Magpies on Tuesday announced her departure.

Thwaites, who turns 32 in December, scored 550 goals at almost 91 per cent accuracy this year, ranking her the fourth-highest goal scorer in the national competition.

However, she was not in the Magpies' plans going forward and was forced to find a new home after being one of the founding members of the club two years ago.

"Unfortunately I wasn't on the Magpies' priority list and they didn't end up putting an offer forward for me," Thwaites told the Herald Sun.

"It definitely was a bit of a shock and it's been a really hard last three or four weeks to be honest figuring out where I stand with a lot of things.

"I feel like I've given so much of myself over the last two years but it is what it is and netball in particular is becoming a lot more professional so you've got to take the good with the bad."

Melbourne Vixens recruit Caitlin Thwaites. Photo: Grant Treeby
Melbourne Vixens recruit Caitlin Thwaites. Photo: Grant Treeby

The signing at the Vixens on a one-year deal is a return to the club for Thwaites after serving there from 2008-10, a stint which included a 2009 championship win.

Renae Ingles was a teammate during that time and will be again but it is otherwise all new faces which Thwaites said was exciting as the Vixens seek a return to finals after finishing fifth this year.

"There's a lot of up-and-coming members of the Diamonds," Thwaites said.

"Having seen what the club's been about the last few years, they've had such a core group of players who have stuck together and have a few years under their belt together now so I think it's really exciting for the Vixens."

Thwaites finished runner-up in the Magpies' best-and-fairest this year after winning the award in 2017.



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