05/03/2024

Mahalia Cassidy is wearing yellow and blue again in 2022. (Photo: Sunshine Coast Lightning)

Mahalia Cassidy will remain in Queensland after signing with the Sunshine Coast Lightning for the 2024 season.

Cassidy entered the Lightning environment in 2021, after serving six years with the Queensland Firebirds. She won an ANZ Championship with the Firebirds in 2016 and played her 50th national league game in 2021.

The Redcliffe product suffered two ACL injuries in 2017 and 2019 but has come back better than ever. The standout year for Cassidy was 2022 winning the Lightning’s Players Player award and the club MVP.

Cassidy has added another string to her bow being able to play all mid-court positions whilst making it difficult to take her off the court.

Cassidy is looking forward to continuing to be coached by Belinda Reynolds.

“I honestly really love the Club — the people in it and everything that it stands for. This past season I have loved and valued the time I’ve gotten learning under Belinda. I just want more of it! I feel challenged, fulfilled and most importantly a real sense of enjoyment being at Lightning,” she said.

“I was thrilled to find out I was returning to the Club. We finished last season with some really great performances and I believe we can take that confidence and run with it in season 2024.”

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Reynolds is excited to have Cassidy back with the Lightning.

“Mahalia provides a strong, steady head out there for us in the mid-court and is an incredibly important piece of our playing group,” Reynolds said.

“She has a ‘never-say-die’ attitude and you know that she will give her absolute all to every game she plays. Her versatility across the mid-court is also especially impressive.”

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