Netballers supporters in Queensland are in for a real treat in season 2017.
Earlier this week, more details for the second Queensland team to enter the competition next year was announced.
Backed with support from Melbourne based NRL side, the Melbourne Storm, the Sunshine Coast Lightning was officially announced yesterday at the University of the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast Lightning will play all home games there at the 2,000 seat arena.
The Sunshine Coast Lightning will look to shake up the competition in Queensland, with the Queensland Firebirds being the 2016 ANZ champions and already having an established supporter based.
The Sunshine Coast Lighting will be coached by Noeline Taurua, a former Silver Fern, will move across from New Zealand to take on the job.
The playing colours have also been decided on, with the girls set to wear yellow, purple and black.
With a coach, team name, home arena and playing uniforms all decided, there seems to be only one thing missing from the team – the players.
Playing teams are still a number of weeks away from been finalised, however, Taurua has already started thinking about her future team.
“We’re looking at putting a team together that’s competitive but also we need the right mix, you might have (Australian) Diamonds players but also developing players.”
Taurua who had won the ANZ Championship before in 2012 with New Zealand side Waikato /BOP Magic, is excited with the prospect of matching it with the Firebirds in 2017, stating that a top four finish was her goal in 2017.
“The Queensland Firebirds are a success in their own right and everybody in this competition is going to be after them. That’s what happens when you are premiers.”
The Sunshine Coast Lighting will join two new clubs backed by AFL clubs Collingwood Football Club and GWS in a revamped competition in 2017, which should see netball thrown into prime time television, capturing a new audience.