Lightning Midcourt Duo Re-Sign For 2021

Esteemed Sunshine Coast Lightning midcourt duo Laura Scherian and Maddy McAuliffe have put pen to paper to remain at the Club for the 2021 season.

The two foundation players have been influential in Lightning’s four seasons in the Suncorp Super Netball league, so to retain their services for another year is a massive coup for the Club.

Head Coach Kylee Byrne said both athletes contribute so much on and off the court and it is a pleasure to coach such high calibre individuals.

“Both Maddy and Shez are such important members of our Club and team and there was no hesitation in offering them a Lightning position in 2021,” Byrne said.

“I know both athletes are hungry to improve on our 2020 season and will throw everything into ensuring we are successful next year.

“It’s not only what they offer on the court but both are exceptional as High Performance athletes off the court. 

“The passion for ensuring our Club has such a community and family approach also made it an easy decision to welcome them back.”

“Both tasted international representation last year and are committed to chasing that selection again and I am confident that with their performances next year that they still have a lot left to offer Australian netball in years to come.”

Wing Attack Laura Scherian is a pivotal cog in Lightning’s attack, known for her pinpoint feeds and high work-rate.

The 32-year-old last year made her Australian Diamonds debut in the Constellation Cup and has proven to be one of the elite midcourt players in the competition.

Scherian said she was proud to continue playing alongside this group at Lightning in 2021 and can’t wait to see what the new season has in store.

“The Lightning environment is truly special and the Sunshine Coast has become my home, so I had no hesitation in signing on for next year,” Scherian said.

“I believe there’s so much more that we can achieve as a group and that’s a really exciting prospect.”

In her four years at Lightning, McAuliffe has emerged as a player to watch in the SSN, showing her wares as a highly competitive and tenacious Wing Defence.

In 2020 McAuliffe also impressed when given increased opportunities at centre, providing even more versatility and dimension to the Lightning lineup. 

“This season presented a range of challenges but I think it also taught us a lot about ourselves as individuals and as a group and that can only strengthen us going forward,” McAuliffe said.

“I’m proud to enter my fifth year with Lightning and to continue to develop my game under Kylee as coach.”

Further Sunshine Coast Lightning player announcements can be expected in the coming weeks as the Club shore up their 2021 squad list.