Lightning farewells foundation players

Sunshine Coast Lightning has today announced it will farewell foundation players Geva Mentor and Caitlin Bassett.

Acting Head Coach Kylee Byrne said she was appreciative of everything the duo had contributed to Lightning since its inception and wished the players all the best in their future careers.

“Both Geva and Caitlin have been instrumental in the development of our Club and its values and we have shared plenty of great moments on and off the court over the past two years,” Byrne said.

“While we’re sad to see them go, we’re also excited for what the future holds and are looking forward to announcing our full 2019 line-up over the coming days.”

Mentor said the decision had not been an easy one to make and she would look back on her time at Lightning with fond memories.

“It’s with a heavy heart I farewell the people I consider family; not just my team and Club, but also the Sunny Coast community,” Mentor said.

“It’s been an incredible two years. My netball has been reinvigorated, my heart warmed and my soul brimming with amazing memories.

“I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge every single Sunny Coaster who has backed me and the Lightning team.

“You’ve embraced our team and have been proud of what we have achieved, and I know you will continue to support the amazing people at the Club that will carry on the legacy we started.”

Mentor cited family as one of the key factors influencing her decision to move.

While Mentor is yet to announce where she will play in 2019, Bassett will take to the court as part of a new-look GIANTS Netball in 2019.

Bassett said as she got older, she was eager to explore her capabilities both within the netball arena and off the court.

“I’m finishing my media and broadcast degree at present, so I think the opportunities on offer in Sydney will be really good for me,” she said.

“I’ll definitely miss the team. The success we’ve had is because we’ve worked so hard together as a group.

“We’ve gone from 10 athletes turning up at day dot to this amazing member base, this amazing Club, this amazing franchise.

“I love the people up here and it’s going to be really sad and hard to go, but I’m also excited for what lies ahead.”

Sunshine Coast Lightning has announced six of its 10-strong squad for 2019, revealing yesterday acclaimed midcourter Laura Langman would return to the Lightning line-up.

“Laura has proven herself to be a capable leader and with so many incredible athletes having already joined our ranks for the upcoming season, we’re feeling extremely excited about the direction the Club is headed,” Byrne said.

“We’re still in discussions with a number of parties but can confirm we have some high-calibre players in our sights that will further bolster the team’s capabilities.”

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