2022 SSN Season Review: Sunshine Coast Lightning

THE 2022 Suncorp Super Netball season has come to an end, so let us now take a look back at each team’s season in retrospect. Today’s team in review is the Sunshine Coast Lightning, who ultimately finished last in 2022.

To say 2022 did not go to plan for the Sunshine Coast Lightning would be an understatement. They missed finals for the first time in their history and they finished last on the ladder. It was not all bad news for the Lightning.


Firstly, let us look back at the biggest moment of the 2022 season for the Lightning, which was their win over the eventual minor premiers the Melbourne Vixens. After the Vixens got the good start, the Lightning really rallied in the second half and ultimately won by 13 goals, which is a huge margin.

They also pushed the Vixens second time around too, so although they did not get the win that particular evening, there were a lot of positives to take out of that match. As much as missing out on finals was no doubt disappointing for the Lightning, considering the circumstances they were in with their list this season, everything needs to be put into perspective.


Coming into this season, they had some huge outs from their 2021 team in Peace Proscovia and Karla Pretorius. Not only that, but half their roster were new to the team in 2022, so it was going to take time for the team to gel.

All that considered, they may have only had four wins this season but they were in finals contention right up until the dying weeks of the season.

When the Lightning got going, they were an exciting team to watch. Steph Wood, Cara Koenen and Reilley Batcheldor all had magical moments this season, while Kate Walsh’s defensive work was seriously impressive.


So moving ahead into 2022, the key for the Lightning will be consistency and making sure they are able to keep the team together. A large part of why the top teams are as successful as they are is because they have been playing together for so long, so the Lightning need that continuity as a team and time to gel.

They have not announced any re-signings yet, but the big question will be what happens with Pretorius. She sat out this season because she is having a baby so will she return in 2023? If so, who does that squeeze out of the 10?

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