21/02/2024

Courtney Bruce will travel east, signing with the star studded Lightning (Image: Sunshine Coast Lightning)

Sunshine Coast Lightning have signed two-time Liz Ellis Diamond recipient Courtney Bruce for the 2024 Super Netball season.

Courtney Bruce is a player who wears her heart on her sleeve and goes at 100 per cent at all times, she leaves her beloved Fever to join the Lightning next season. Her change to the Lightning is to look for more minutes in goal defence, giving herself some more freedom down the court.

Bruce was an integral part in her home club, the West Coast Fever’s maiden premiership in 2022. She debuted in the green dress in 2013, then went on to play for Australia in 2017. The West Australian quickly became a nightmare for every shooter, always on the hunt and flying out of the circle.

Bruce finished 2023 first for rebounds (39), second for deflection (103) and third for intercepts (35).

The intercept machine will join current and past Diamonds Cara Koenen, Liz Watson and Steph Fretwell.

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The 30-year-old will reunite with Head Coach Belinda Reynolds who was an Assistant Coach at the Fever for a period of time.

Reynolds said Bruce’s experience will add more flair to the already dominating Lightning side.

“I am thrilled to welcome Courtney to the Sunshine Coast and have her as part of Lightning’s 2024 season roster. We worked very closely when I was at Fever and have a strong relationship, so I’m looking forward to working with her again,” she said.

“Courtney is a ball-winner and brings a wealth of experience into our defence-end. She is also a high-quality leader and will provide that both on and off the court for the rest of our lineup in 2024.

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