Super Netball 2022: Renae Ingles comes out of retirement with lethal act for Collingwood Magpies, Joe Ingles

Australian netball star Renae Ingles came out of retirement and produced a sensational performance in a cut-throat Super Netball game.Renae Ingles blew netball fans and commentators away with a superb performance for Collingwood in the final round of the Super Netball season on the weekend. Ingles retired from professional netball in 2019 and has been keeping fit while raising three children with her husband, Aussie basketballer Joe Ingles. Watch every game of Suncorp Super Netball Finals LIVE & FREE with Kayo Freebies. Starts Saturday 18th June 7PM AEST. Join Kayo Freebies now, no credit card required >With Joe’s ACL injury putting his NBA career on hold, the family has returned to Australia and Renae has rekindled her netball career. The 35-year-old, who represented the Australian Diamonds 57 times and won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2015 World Cup, took to the court for the Casey Demons in the Victorian Netball League last week. Then in a development that took netball fans by surprise, Ingles was asked to fill in as a replacement player for star Collingwood wing defence Ash Brazill in the Magpies’ last game of the season due to Covid protocols. It was a high-stakes reintroduction to elite netball given the Magpies needed to win, or lose by two points or less to secure the last spot in finals. But Ingles didn’t miss a beat after coming on the court in the second quarter, mixing it with Vixens midcourt stars Liz Watson and Hannah Mundy. The highlight came when Ingles threw a perfectly weighted pass to set up Magpies shooter Shimona Nelson right under the post. Her former Diamonds teammate turned Fox Netball commentator Laura Geitz said the impressive goal assist from wing defence was vintage Ingles. “She was always lethal at that,” Geitz told news.com.au.“That was her thing when she played, that’s what she does. And just the confidence to do that having not been in the game for so long to come in and have that confidence and ability to do that is pretty amazing.”The Magpies lost the game to the Vixens 56-54 but the did just enough to sneak into fourth on the ladder and book a spot int finals. But despite her efforts, Ingles won’t be in the Magpies’ starting 10 for their minor semifinal against the Giants on Sunday because she is ineligible under Super Netball rules. “No one’s more blown away or surprised (than me), I’ll tell you that, but it’s so great to be here,” a modest Ingles told Fox Netball after the game. “Two Melbourne teams, Melbourne crowd, family here. It doesn’t get much more exciting than that.”Geitz was beyond impressed with her former defensive stablemate’s seamless return to top level netball. “I spent a lot of time out on court with her and I had no doubt she would come out and absolutely dominate,” Geitz said. “It’s amazing what she did to be completely honest three years without playing at the elite level. Saying that, she’s been running marathons and doing triathlons and all kinds of other things. “She makes all us other retired athletes look very lazy compared to what she gets up to in her retired life. “Incredible to see her grab the opportunity to step out and play against the club she played so much of her career for against so many of the players she played with and played against. “Just to see her out there and to be supported by her family to do so, was really special I think.”Ingles’ husband Joe watched the game courtside and paid tribute to her return to the court in a touching message on social media. “We have been stuck in the states for 3 years with Covid + restrictions getting in,” he wrote on Twitter.“Renae is always fit, but netball fitness is so different to marathon, triathlon or anything else she did since retirement. “Renae HAS NOT TOUCHED A NETBALL, until we landed Monday (June) 6th & she played VNL on the 8th. Full game in centre. “24 hours before a huge SSN (Suncorp Super Netball) game she gets a call from Collingwood to play & help them fight for a finals spot. Against her old team..“Decides to play, literally fits in and kills it like she never left the game.“Let’s not also forget she has 3 kids, 4 if including me. She puts the kids & I first everyday of the week, she has the kids ready & busy every single day, she makes sure our kids unbelievably happy everyday, she has put everything aside to make sure I can rehab as much as I need to daily. She’s clearly the rock of this family…All of this with a smile on her face at the end of the day!“You are unreal Renae. I am so proud.“You are an inspiration to our family & so many people around the world. Keep being you.”Originally published as Renae Ingles’ ‘lethal’ act in ‘incredible’ return to Super Netball