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Pretorius Credits Mid Court Support For Dominant Display

A sweeping statement from Sunshine Coast Lightning Coach Noeline Taurua made waves last week when she labelled Karla Pretorius as best Goal Defence in the world.

But it was waves of a good kind – the netball world seemed to wholeheartedly agree.

However, when Pretorius heard news of her new superlative, she was quick to credit others for her success.

‘I get intercepts but it’s complementing the defensive structures we have and the work Lauz (Laura Langman), Maddy (McAuliffe) and Jac (Russell) does up front that just makes it easy for us at the back to get those intercepts,” Pretorius told the Sunshine Coast Daily.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 18: The Lightning players take the court during the Super Netball Rd 4 match between the NSW Swifts and Sunshine Coast Lightning at Quay Centre on May 18, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

“Me and Phumie (Phumza Maweni) look good but it’s probably the hard work they do.

“For me, my main aim is just to be consistent one game to another and I just want to keep on doing what I’m doing and being the best me for the team.”

Pretorius was key in a number of pivotal moments against the NSW Swifts on Saturday and the performance led to the 29-year-old being named MVP.

Lightning came back from 9 goals down in the third quarter, and it was a Pretorius intercept that saw the pace of the game change and allowed the away side to peg back the margin to just three goals heading into the final break.

Lightning jagged the win and in the process ended the Swifts undefeated start to the season – taking home six of a possible eight ladder points to remain in the top three.

Lightning now turn their focus to their round 5 home game against Giants Netball, when we return to the newly redeveloped USC Stadium in what is sure to be a blockbuster.

Don’t miss out! Tickets are selling fast. Secure your spot at the round 5 clash at 7pm Saturday 25 May here.