Scherian Eager To Play For ‘Greater Cause’ Than Just Netball

Fierce rivalries will be left out on court when the Australian Diamonds challenge the Suncorp Super Netball All Stars in March, the teams instead uniting for a common goal of raising funds for the Bushfire appeal.

Win, lose or draw, Sunshine Coast Lightning’s Laura Scherian is just excited to play her role in the Diamonds’ squad and to contribute to the netball community’s fundraising efforts.

“The experience of playing for a greater cause than just netball, to play the game we love and be able to raise money for Australians in need is so cool,” Scherian said.

“It is such an awesome opportunity for the Australian netball community to get out there and support each other and support Australia and those affected by the bushfires.

“Everyone is going to get out on court and have a hard hitout – but the outcome of the game, it’s not about the score, it is definitely there for something more than that.”

While the game may be outside of normal representative duties, Scherian acknowledged the significance of wearing the Diamonds dress and is excited for another opportunity to don the green and gold.

“I love putting on the Australian dress, especially when it is for a cause like this,” she said.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, we’ve never really put a game out there like that, so it will be awesome.”

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Scherian is not the sole Lightning player taking part in the exhibition match, with Laura Langman and Karla Pretorius named in the one-off All Stars lineup.

The prospect of going head to head with Langman in a match would be daunting for most midcourters but for Scherian it’s just another (albeit challenging) day on court.

“I’m pretty used to playing against Lauz at training – if I come up against her it will be pretty normal and we always have a good hitout!” she said.

Head Coach Kylee Byrne said all three Lightning players didn’t hesitate when they were asked to participate in the charity match

“This is a great opportunity and for them to even be amongst the world’s best netballers and be rewarded for their efforts is fantastic,” Byrne said.

“As a Club, it’s all for the right reasons.

“They were really excited to be a part of it – and quite humbled to be selected.

“They put their hands up straight away and agreed to it and I can’t wait to see what happens.”

Tickets for the Australian Diamonds v Suncorp Super Netball All Stars match are on sale now through here.