Langman Pleased With Energy In Lightning Camp On Return

The cogs have not stopped turning at Sunshine Coast Lightning despite five athletes and Head Coach Noeline Taurua’s involvement in the Vitality Netball World Cup in Liverpool.

The remaining five players have undertaken a thorough training regime throughout the ‘break’ and Laura Langman said their energy was palpable when she reunited with the team.

“You can feel the vibe upstairs, the five that have been doing the mahi behind the scenes for us, you can definitely feel the energy,” Langman said.

The return of Suncorp Super Netball will also see each team given approval for two additional members to their squad in rounds 10 and 11 to help teams transition back from the World Cup.

“It’ll be really cool to see team strategies, whether they make the most of being able to have additional players on the bench,” she said.

“It’ll be cool to see the tempo and intensity of the games… I’m excited to see it play out. Do my role, good pass and catch,” the World Cup Gold Medallist said.

“I’m really pleased with how I came through World Cup, body is good, I think the physios and doctors with happy with what I put out in the World Cup in terms of digits and numbers. I am really looking forward to playing.

“It’s more excitement. I really love being a part of this Lightning team – I remember when we were departing for World Cup there was a bit of me that didn’t want to leave quite yet, so I’m really excited to be back.”

Player of the Tournament Karla Pretorius said Lighting are well-placed for the run home, having started preparations before the break.

“We knew it’s not going to be an easy [run home] but we had to plan well in advance and we’ve done the preparation and planning,” Pretorius said.

“We’re ready for this weekend’s game and we’re ready to go as the competition goes on.”

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