Club History


17 August 2016: Formal announcement that Sunshine Coast Lightning has been awarded one of three additional licences in the newly formed Suncorp Super Netball league ahead of 2017.

22 September 2016: First two player signings announced (Steph Wood & Caitlin Bassett).

27 September 2016: Entire Lightning squad announced.

3 November 2016: First training session as a Club.

15 December 2016: Lightning’s inaugural dress unveiled.


14 January 2017: First ever practice match vs NSW Swifts.

10 February 2017: First trial match at USC Stadium (win vs Southern Steel).

15 February 2017: Geva Mentor announced as inaugural Captain.

17 February 2017: Sunshine Coast Mayor, Mark Jamieson unveiled as number one ticket holder.

18 February 2017: Round 1 Suncorp Super Netball vs QLD Firebirds. The Club’s first ever game results in a draw.

22 February 2017: The Club surpasses 2,000 foundation members.

23 February 2017: Mascot Lucy Lightning unveiled.

26 February 2017: First competition win (vs Melbourne Vixens in Round 2).

19 April 2017: The Hon. Jackie Trad MP named as Club’s inaugural Patron.

3 June 2017: Major Semi-Final victory over Melbourne Vixens to claim Grand Final hosting rights.

17 June 2017: Grand Final victory. Lightning officially become the inaugural Premiers in the Suncorp Super Netball league defeating GIANTS Netball 65 to 48 in front of a home crowd at Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

18 June 2017: Lightning handed key to city by Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson.

23 June 2017: First-ever A Night With Lightning Awards night. Geva Mentor named Lightning Player of the Year.

23 June 2017: Captain Geva Mentor named as the Suncorp Super Netball Player of the Year, with Geva and Laura Langman also being named in the Team of the Year.

4 July 2017: Entire Lightning squad re-signed for 2018 season.

1 November 2017: Laura Langman withdraws from the 2018 Lightning squad.

21 November 2017: Sunshine Coast Lightning win at the Sunshine Coast Business Awards in the Festivals and Events Category.


26 January 2018: Sunshine Coast Lightning wins the 2018 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards – Sport and Recreation Award

28 April 2018: The 2018 Suncorp Super Netball season commenced.

26 August 2018: Lightning win Back-to-Back Premierships in the Suncorp Super Netball, after defeating West Coast Fever 62 to 59 at Perth Arena.

31 August 2018: Steph Wood and Karla Pretorius are named combined Player of the Year at the second annual A Night With Lightning.

29 August 2018: Head Coach Noeline Taurua takes on dual coaching role – being appointed Head Coach of the Silver Ferns.

4 September 2019: Lightning farewells Foundation Players and Leaders Geva Mentor and Caitlin Bassett, and welcomes back Laura Langman.

27 November 2018: USC and Lightning announce USC Stadium expansion projected to be funded by the Queensland Government.

28 November 2018: Noeline Taurua takes out the Queensland Coach of the Year Award at the 2018 QSport Awards in Brisbane.


15 April 2019: New leadership group announced with Laura Langman named as Captain and Karla Pretorius named Vice Captain.

27 April 2019: The 2019 Suncorp Super Netball season commenced.

25 May 2019: Lightning play their first home game at the redeveloped USC Stadium, winning against Giants Netball in front of 3,011 Members and fans.

July 2019: Five Lightning Players represent their countries at the Vitality Netball World Cup – Steph Wood, Laura Langman, Karla Pretorius, Phumza Maweni and Peace Proscovia.

20 August 2019: Head Coach Noeline Taurua to step down from Lightning at season’s end, with Assistant Coach Kylee Byrne appointed as her replacement.

25 August 2019: Lightning named Season 2019 Minor Premiers for the first time in the Club’s history.

31 August 2019: Lightning play their first ever home final at USC Stadium against the NSW Swifts. The Major Semi Final win guaranteed hosting rights of the Grand Final.

15 September 2019: Lightning are defeated by NSW Swifts in their third consecutive Grand Final, held at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

20 September 2019: Karla Pretorius named Player of the Year for a second consecutive year at A Night With Lightning awards dinner.

10 October 2019: All ten squad members re-commit to the Club ahead of the 2020 season.

30 November 2019: Karla Pretorius is named in the Suncorp Super Netball Team of the Year at the Netball Australia awards night in Sydney.

19 December 2019: Pathways Coach Christine Voge promoted to Assistant Coach ahead of the 2020 season.


17 January 2020: Lightning announce partnership with Netball ACT and the Capital Darters to compete in the Deakin University Australian Netball League in 2020.

6 February 2020: Rolling Substitutions and Extra Time announced as new rules introduced for the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball season.

1 March 2020: Lightning athletes Laura Scherian, Lauran Langman and Karla Pretorius took to the court in the Australian Diamonds v Suncorp Super Netball All Stars charity exhibition match, with proceeds benefiting the Australian bushfire appeals.

23 March 2020: Suncorp Super Netball announce season will be postponed due to COVID-19.

11 May 2020: Lightning Chairman Bart Campbell steps down from the role and is replaced by Melbourne Storm Board Member Matt Tripp.

23 June 2020: Suncorp Super Netball introduce the inclusion of the Suncorp Super Shot and Rebel Power 5 in 2020

19 July 2020: Queensland Hub funded by the Queensland Government announced at Nissan Arena by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Suncorp Super Netball Commission Chair Marina Go.

1 August 2020: Season 2020 commences within the Queensland Hub with a Queensland derby.

27 September 2020: Defender Jacqui Russell announces her retirement from Lightning and Netball.

3 October 2020: Lightning qualify for the Major Semi-Final after finishing 2nd on the SSN ladder.

11 October 2020: Lightning bow out of 2020 season after being defeated in the Preliminary Final by West Coast Fever.

20 October 2020: Lightning announce Annika Lee-Jones to depart Club in search of new opportunities.

20 October 2020: Karla Pretorius takes out her third consecutive Player of the Year Award at the Sunshine Coast Lightning Awards night.

21 October 2020: Captain Laura Langman announces her retirement from Lightning and netball.

28 October 2020: Former Adelaide Thunderbird Kate Shimmin signs on with Lightning for 2021.

29 October 2020: Training Partner Ashlee Unie is elevated to the senior squad for 2021.

31 October 2020: Former Queensland Firebird Mahalia Cassidy signs on with Lightning for 2021.

6 November 2020: Storm CEO Dave Donaghy steps down from Lightning Board position and is replaced by Storm executive Nick Haslam.