Laura Langman Calls Time On Netball Career

The illustrious playing career of Laura Langman has come to a close, with the Sunshine Coast Lightning Captain officially retiring from netball.

Langman made her debut in 2003 with the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic while still in high school, going on to play over 225 National League Games and becoming the most capped Silver Fern in history.

Langman made the announcement via social media on Wednesday, crediting her teammates for making the journey so special.

“I know now is the right time for me to move on and I’m excited about the challenges that await – whatever they may be,” Langman said.

“There’s something incredible that comes with the comradery in team sport, I’ve met so many amazing people and that is what I am going to miss most.

“Team mates see you at your best, your worst and all the times in between. These are the memories that make the journey so special.

“My Lightning teammates have all inspired me in different ways, they make you want to be your absolute best and they have all become my family.

“I’m proud to have been a part of this group for three seasons and can’t wait to see what they can achieve.”

Forging a reputation as the engine room of the Lightning midcourt, Langman was known to be a prolific ball-winner who excelled under pressure and possessed the innate ability to bring her teammates with her.

She led by example both on game day and in training and could win the immediate respect of those around her. 

Lightning Head Coach Kylee Byrne said that while she’d love the midcourter to remain at Lightning for another season, she has the utmost respect for Langman and her decision to move on.

“The legacy that Lauz will leave at our Club and the sport in general is monumental, one of netball’s greats has retired this week,” Byrne said.

“I could spend hours highlighting the great moments and attributes that make Lauz so special and those that know her or have been in her presence will understand that she is one of a kind.

“When you join the Lightning family, you are forever part of the fabric of this Club and we are sure that Lauz will not be a stranger in seasons to come.”

Langman played a pivotal role in the Club’s inaugural 2017 Premiership season and after a year’s hiatus from netball in 2018, the 34 year old returned to Lightning where she was promoted to Captain, leading the Club to a third consecutive Grand Final appearance.

The Club Captain also showed exemplary leadership during an intense 2020 Season, which took place in a condensed format from within a Queensland hub, taking Lightning to a fourth consecutive finals series.

Throughout Langman’s career spanning 18 years she represented Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic (2003-2012), Northern Mystics (2013-2015), NSW Swifts (2016) and Sunshine Coast Lightning (2017,2019-2020).