Pretorius Eyes Personal Improvement

Karla Pretorius admitted to having ‘FOMO’ in South Africa earlier this year as she watched her Sunshine Coast Lightning teammates hit pre-season training via Zoom. 

Now reunited with the team in person, she is motivated to take her game up another level from 2020.

Head Coach Kylee Byrne said the influence of Pretorius and fellow South African Phumza Maweni has been immediately felt since returning to the group in mid-March.

“The change in team dynamics and on court performance and benchmarks has risen since they re-entered the group,” Byrne said.

“They got out of quarantine and we put them straight on a plane to Sydney, so it was a big welcome back to Lightning but they ran with it and have raised the standard of the team.”

One day after completing quarantine the two players were flown to Sydney to compete in Lightning’s three trial matches against Giants Netball, Melbourne Vixens and NSW Swifts.

Pretorius said the initiation of fire actually benefited both Maweni and herself, ensuring they adjusted quickly and got on with the job at hand.

“I feel like after quarantine we came back into the structure quite quickly – we had to keep going and it actually made the reintegration easier,” Pretorius said.

“When we were back in South Africa, we were regularly in communication with our S&C Coach, Mark, and Kylee, so we could keep up with our pre-season training.

“So, when we got back to the Coast the girls welcomed us with open arms, which also made it so much easier settling back in.”

The circle defender may have three consecutive ‘Player of the Year’ awards to her name, but she is adamant she can lift the bar again in Season 2021.

“Every year the main aim is to be consistent on court and off court,” she said.

“I also approach each season asking ‘what can I do this time around to take it up another level?’.

“So, I’m delving into that – put in the work at training, do the preparation and all the rest will follow.”

Pretorius will participate in Lightnings two final practice matches before the Suncorp Super Netball season commences on Saturday 1 May 2021.

Tickets are now on sale for Lightning’s final trial match against QLD Mens on Saturday 24 April 2021.