Mahalia Cassidy To Don Lightning Colours In 2021

Sunshine Coast Lightning’s squad of 10 is locked in, with the exciting announcement of new signing Mahalia Cassidy today.

The former Queensland Firebirds player has put pen to paper to head north and join Lightning’s 2021 lineup.

Cassidy is a tenacious and highly talented midcourter, who has made a name for herself wearing the Centre bib, but is also comfortable at Wing Attack, which will provide balance to Lightning’s squad.

Head Coach Kylee Byrne was thrilled to announce this new team addition, known for her speed and accurate feeds.

“Mahalia is such an exciting player to watch and she is impressive and creative in attack but can also hold her own defensively,” Byrne said.

“Moreover, I believe she will fit in really well with the group and the wider Lightning environment and she provides another versatile, explosive option through our midcourt.”

The 25-year-old ranked fourth in the league for goal assists in 2020 and led Firebirds for pickups, as well as ranking second behind only Romelda Aiken in Nissan Net Points for the Queensland side.

Cassidy is buoyant about the move back north to the Sunshine Coast and is keen to work hard and build those new cross-court combinations.

“When A new opportunity and challenge presented itself at Lightning, I was incredibly excited to sign on with the Club ahead of 2021,” Cassidy said.

“Lightning is a consistently competitive side in the Super Netball league and I’m eager to do whatever I can to contribute to the team, both on and off court.”

Cassidy impressed throughout the 2020 season for Firebirds and was named in the Origin Diamonds Development Squad for the first time earlier this month.

Despite being only 25 years of age, the midcourter has been a member in the Firebirds lineup since 2016, while she was also elevated as an injury replacement player in 2015.

Lightning’s squad of 10 has officially been confirmed with shooters Steph Wood, Cara Koenen and Peace Proscovia, midcourters Laura Scherian, Maddy McAuliffe, Mahalia Cassidy and Ashlee Unie.

In defence the Club has secured Karla Pretorius, Phumza Maweni and Kate Shimmin, rounding out the 10.