Scherian’s Forward Shift Confirms Elite Status

We’re four games into the 2019 netball season and Laura Scherian has hit a purple patch.

It has taken little time for the mid courter to settle into her new role at Wing Attack – after playing at Centre in Sunshine Coast Lightning’s back to back premiership years.

The shift comes as former teammate and Lightning Captain Laura Langman returns to the side – a welcome addition. So, when looking at the strengths and abilities of the team, moving Scherian into the more attacking role seemed the natural decision.

And it has already begun to pay dividends…

With speed, precision and high endurance, Scherian is the perfect mould and knowing her determination both as a player and person, Coach Noeline Taurua was confident she would adapt and enjoy the new challenge.

“She’s the first line of receiver in the centre pass and also the main feeder to the circle, so there’s huge differences to the change up in position,” Taurua said.

“But she’s got a huge work ethic, training ethic, that’s what she is renowned for – massive engine, her speed, precision with ball in hand, ability to create opportunities, and the style that she plays.

“We look to play an explosive type of game and she epitomises that.”

Already Scherian is leading the league in centre pass receives this season – racking up 26 more than any other player from just four rounds.

In fact, in the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball season there have been just six times that a player has accumulated 30 or more CPR in a game.

The Lightning player is responsible for three of those games – 32 in round two, 37 in round three and 37 in round four.

The fact that Scherian is also handling the ball more than 120 times per game on average – with a minimal error rate – shows just how invaluable her contribution is.

Taurua went as far as to say Scherian’s accuracy with her feeds into the circle positively influence the goal shooters’ accuracy percentage

“In the last three rounds her feeds into Peace and Cara have been beautiful – pretty much pinpoint,” she said.

“I’m really happy with the quality of those feeds going into the circle – if the circle shooters get the quality ball and aren’t stressed, they can turn and put their shots up.”

The diminutive mid courter has a real strength of character according to Taurua, and it’s those attributes that have helped her force her way not only into the SSN competition but to now be considered amongst the top echelon of players.

And this new chance to diversify her skills will only make her a stronger, more dangerous, player.

“I like the tenacity because of her journey – she’s got a lot of depth and her own backstory,” Taurua said.

“You need mental toughness, you need to be tenacious, motivated to be an elite athlete and she’s done that and to some degree she’s getting some of the rewards now by the performance out on court.

“I would definitely count her as an elite athlete – I was really happy that she got into the fast five last year – she was recognised in that respect and got to don the green and yellow and it was great for others to see how well she did in that environment.

“And the Diamonds as well – she’s knocking on the door and she holds her own – so It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the announcement of the diamonds squad coming up.”

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