18/04/2024
Karla Pretorius will return to the Sunshine Coast Lightning in 2022.

Karla Pretorius will return to the Sunshine Coast Lightning in 2022. Image: Sunshine Coast Lightning (Twitter)

Sunshine Coast Lightning captain Karla Pretorius has announced that she will return to the Club in 2022 to be a key part of the defensive group again.

Sunshine Coast Lightning captain Karla Pretorius has announced that she will return to the Club in 2022. For all the Suncorp Super Netball signing news, stay up to date with our Off-Season Hub and follow The Inner Sanctum’s netball podcast, Over a Third, on Twitter and Instagram to get the news when it breaks.

Pretorius has played 119 national league netball games, and had a strong season in 2021 again, as she had 33 intercepts, 50 deflections and 55 gains.

The South African has been a key part of the defensive end in all 80 of the Lightning’s matches, and part of the group that has made the finals in each of the five seasons in the Lightning’s history.

“Every season at the Lightning brings something new but I’ve loved and cherished each of them and am excited to see what is in store for 2022,” the captain said.

“We have such a close-knit group of players and staff who all want to improve and grow with each season and I truly believe that’s what makes this Club so special.

“The last two seasons have left us with unfinished business and now, more than ever, I want to do everything in my power to be there with my Lightning teammates come Grand Final Day next year.”

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Lightning Head Coach Kylee Byrne praised Pretorius’ leadership and play, as a valuable asset to the team.

“Karla is the ultimate Club person and we’re thrilled that she will be back at the Lightning next season,” Byrne said.

“Karla expects the absolute best of herself in every session and the influence on her teammates in matches to follow her lead is one of her strengths.

“While highly disciplined, she is also an approachable and caring person who has time for anyone and that makes her an invaluable asset to our team.”

Pretorius, as a South African native, commits to spending the season in Australia, and during COVID-19 times, quarantine on entry to Australia, and Byrne made sure to recognise this.

“I’d also like to acknowledge the sacrifices she continues to make year to year to remain in the Lightning environment, living away from her husband Werner and family in South Africa,” Byrne said.

Pretorius will be joined in the defensive end by the returning Kate Shimmin, and new recruits Tara Hinchliffe and Kadie-Ann Dehany for the Lightning in 2022.

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