COURTNEY BRUCE

The athletic and intelligent Courtney Bruce has developed into arguably the competition’s leading Australian defender. Hailing from Perth, Bruce has played more than 100 national league games for the West Coast, but will make the move to the Sunshine Coast for the 2024 season. Bruce has consistently been one of the top interceptors in the […]

LIZ WATSON

Widely regarded as one of the best midcourters in the world, Diamonds Captain Liz Watson brings power, creativity and leadership to Sunshine Coast Lightning. Watson made her national debut in 2014 for the Melbourne Vixens and has played for the Club since, making the leap to the Sunshine Coast for the 2024 season. Watson made […]

LEESA MI MI

Speedy mid-courter, Leesa Mi Mi made her SSN debut just last year for the Queensland Firebirds after being elevated as a temporary replacement player. After just five games for the Firebirds, it was clear she was ready to take on a full-time contract. Her impressive speed and game smarts makes her a valuable asset to […]

AVA BLACK

Hailing from Toowoomba, Ava Black secures her first full-time professional contract in 2024 with Sunshine Coast Lightning. Black made her national debut in 2023 after being elevated as a temporary replacement player in the squad and quickly proved she belonged at that level. Known for her athleticism and height, the young mid-courter can cover all […]

STEPH FRETWELL

Consistently referred to as one of the smartest players in the game, Steph Fretwell is the ultimate play-maker. One of Fretwell’s trademarks is her ability to shoot with accuracy from long range, and can do damage with the Goal Attack or Goal Shooter bib. The 31-year-old can also make an impact at Wing Attack. After […]

ASHLEIGH ERVIN

Young-gun defender Ashleigh Ervin made her national debut in 2023 and instantly made her mark on the Suncorp Super Netball stage. Standing at 192cm, Ervin is known for her ranging wingspan and ability to get rebounds, but it was also her game smarts and ability to hunt ball that impressed — notably Stacey Marinkovich who […]

REILLEY BATCHELDOR

At only 21, Reilley Batcheldor has been one to watch coming through the Netball Queensland pathways, recently making her national debut in 2022. The 187cm shooter is accurate from long range, and has the athletic ability to play both GA and GS. Batcheldor remains calm under pressure, and is praised for her smarts and composure […]

TARA HINCHLIFFE

Vice Captain Tara Hinchliffe is a hard worker that demonstrates defensive smarts and leadership on court. After making her debut with the Queensland Firebirds in 2018, she made the move to Lightning in 2022 and cemented herself as a key contributor to the Club. Hinchliffe captained the first ever Australian team to win a gold […]

MAHALIA CASSIDY

Formidable midcourter Mahalia Cassidy joined the Lightning side ahead of Season 5 and settled into the lineup with ease. Cassidy is a tenacious and highly talented midcourter, who has made a name for herself wearing the Centre bib, but is also comfortable at Wing Attack or Wing Defence, providing balance to Lightning’s squad. While injuries […]

CARA KOENEN

A dynamic Goal Shooter with the ability to play Goal Attack, Cara Koenen is a reliable target for the Lightning attack-line. Standing at 190cm, the shooter is mobile and athletic in the goal circle. Koenen has the ability to lose her defenders on the baseline with perfect timing and game-smarts. In 2019, Koenen was announced […]