Lightning Lock In Five For 2020

Published: Comments:
Lifestyle Sport and Fitness


Sunshine Coast Lightning are pleased to announce five players have already committed to the Club ahead of the 2020 season.

Locking in a core contingent of five players before season's end is a positive result for the Club, in what is just the first wave of player re-signings.

Lightning's attack will go from strength to strength with Steph Wood, Laura Scherian, Cara Koenen and Peace Proscovia confirmed, alongside goalkeeper Annika Lee-Jones.

Head Coach Noeline Taurua said the Club was buoyant about the five signings and looks forward to seeing the combinations continue to develop and gel.  

"Five players re-committing to Lightning next season is exciting for the Club and bodes well for our vision going forward," Taurua said.

"Having this group of high calibre individuals locked in is a strong endorsement of our program and the culture that we have worked hard to establish these past three years.

"The strength of our shooting unit this year has been our ability to have a moving circle, a stationery holder or a tall circle - that versatility has been a great weapon for our team so far.

"The unique combinations we have on court have resulted in a combined shooting efficiency of 90% and we look forward to consolidating the unit further.

"Retaining three foundation players so far in Wood, Scherian and Koenen is also a real boost to the team and its core values.

"Watching the growth of Cara as a player in 2019 highlights Lightning's philosophy of allowing players time to learn, develop and mature in a high performance environment, and we believe Annika will also benefit from the opportunity to build on her understanding of the Lightning style of play in her second year at the Club."

After playing at centre in Lightning's back-to-back Premiership years, Scherian has relished the challenge to shift forward into wing attack and has put on a dominant display in the new position.

Leading the competition in centre pass receives, she has been performing consistently week in, week out against some of the league's best defenders, delivering quality ball to Lightning's shooters.

In the goal circle, Wood and Koenen have formed a strong and versatile combination with the Ugandan national Captain, Proscovia, who has demanded opposition attention in her inaugural season of Suncorp Super Netball.

Wood's class and smarts have been complimented by her on court leadership this season for Lightning, while she was also influential in the Australian Diamonds Netball World Cup campaign.

Meanwhile, Koenen has seen a breakout season, forcing her way into the starting seven on multiple occasions and providing a complementary point of difference, whether working alongside Wood or Proscovia.

At the opposite end of the court, Lee-Jones has flourished within the high performance program at Lightning, honing her defensive craft after two seasons with West Coast Fever.

Further Lightning re-signing announcements are expected shortly, as the Suncorp Super Netball contract signing period continues.

Sunshine Coast Lightning : View Full Profile
Sunshine Coast University, Sippy Downs
Sunshine Coast Lightning
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Sunshine Coast Lightning Coaching Announcement 20 August 2019 | Sunshine Coast Lightning has today announced that Noeline Taurua will step down from her role as Head Coach at season's end, with the Club set to honour her during this week's home game against the Adelaide... More information...
Lightning Home Games Top Suncorp Super Netball League 16 August 2019 | A 2019 Fan Experience Report commissioned by Nielsen Sport confirms Sunshine Coast Lightning top the league in key categories for our home match day delivery. More information...
Lightning Lock In Five For 2020 15 August 2019 | Sunshine Coast Lightning are pleased to announce five players have already committed to the Club ahead of the 2020 season. More information...
Lightning ready for giant showdown 06 August 2019 | A showdown in the Suncorp Super Netball league is imminent, with the top four teams playing off this weekend in a round that could have a huge bearing on ladder standings headed into finals. More information...
Four Lightning players progress to #NWC2019 Semi-finals 18 July 2019 | It’s been a big 24 hours for the Sunshine Coast Lightning players currently competing at the Vitality Netball World Cup. More information...
Lightning head North to Wide Bay Region 15 July 2019 | Sunshine Coast Lightning are headed north during the World Cup break, embarking on a community visit to the Wide Bay region. More information...
Lightning Welcome TechnologyOne As Coaching Partner 21 June 2019 | Sunshine Coast Lightning are proud to welcome TechnologyOne into the Lightning family, signing on as Coaching Partner for the next three seasons. More information...
Sunshine Coast Lightning Unveil Indigenous Dress Design 12 June 2019 | Round Eight marks the Suncorp Super Netball league's Indigenous Round and Sunshine Coast Lightning will host Collingwood Magpies at 3pm Saturday 15 June at USC Stadium. More information...
Cream Rises In Suncorp Super Netball 21 May 2019 | A day later, Karla Pretorius was just as dangerous in the Lightning’s thrilling win against the Swifts. More information...
Introducing your Captain and Vice Captain for 2019 ⚡ 15 April 2019 | Sunshine Coast Lightning has appointed a new leadership team, naming Laura Langman as Captain and Karla Pretorius as Vice-Captain. More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service