How Pretorius Has Lifted Her Game In Season 2019
Hard work and a general happiness, that is what Karla Pretorius credits for her consistency in the Suncorp Super Netball league this season.
It’s a statement that will have Sunshine Coast Lightning fans smiling from ear to ear.
While Pretorius was dominant last year – being named joint Player Of The Year for the Club alongside Steph Wood – 2019 has seen her game rise to another level.
“I can’t really pinpoint a specific thing… I think it’s just to have faith in what you’re doing, do the hard work during the week, and be best prepared going into those games,” Pretorius said.
“Also being my third season in the competition, you learn something new every day about yourself and your style and how to read the play, so I think that also contributes to the consistency.”
Pretorius, a foundation player at Lightning, believes the strong relationships she’s build with those around the Club are having a real impact with what she can achieve both on and off court.
Also having her husband move over from South Africa after years of long distance is allowing the defender to spend more time focusing on netball.
“I just love being part of the Sunshine Coast community and the Lightning Club,” she said.
“I Love my teammates and having my husband here – I think the off court stuff, really, the fact that I’m content shows on court as well.
“It’s a whole combination of a few things.”
The Vice Captain has also enjoyed playing alongside fellow SPAR Proteas defender Phumza Maweni this year at Lightning – allowing them to fine-tune their combination heading into the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019.
Learning the intricacies of each other’s games is a luxury they have not previously had in the tournament-style of international competition.
“I think it’s very important to know what each other’s strengths are, and their style of play,” she said.
“[I often think] ‘What can you do as a player to support your fellow player in the circle?’.
“For me and Phummy It’s been the first time we can train together and really work that combination – previously before international games we’d just get together and play.
“The more you play [together] the better you get to know each other, that helps our combination.”