Langman: Everyone Was Giving 110%

The enthusiasm and energy shown by her Sunshine Coast Lightning teammates this week has Laura Langman buoyant for the season ahead.

The midcourter said Lightning has high ambitions for 2020 and the way in which the team has returned to group training only further instils confidence ahead of the 1 August start date.

“If you could take anything from the warmup on Tuesday when we were working on our agility, everyone was giving 110%, I just stood back and was like okay!” Langman said.

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“Everyone is raring to go and really wanting to get out there and put a good product out there for Members and fans to enjoy – hopefully, fingers crossed, in stadium, or if not, through the airways.

“We are committed to making sure the quality of the netball product does not falter.”

Lightning resumed gym and court sessions at USC facilities this week for the first time since COVID-19 restrictions came into place in March.

“We’re using these next three weeks for agility, footwork patterns, getting familiar with passing and catching again,” she said.

“It’s (the ball is) definitely different coming from a player versus off the wall.

“We are just running through where we left off prior to the break and there’s also a lot of familiarisation with the basics.”

Langman said the Suncorp Super Netball mid-season hiatus last year due to the Netball World Cup could benefit teams in 2020 given the current circumstances.

The learnings from last year’s July break can be implemented as teams regroup and begin working towards the new season start date.

“If anything, it was probably fortunate that we had the World Cup structure last year, in that we can reflect on how we started a season, had a break, then had to change tact and build momentum again.

“Although very different scenarios, it will be helpful in terms of planning for the different stages of a campaign.”