05/03/2024

Cara Koenen will continue her Super Netball journey with the Lightning (Image: Elly McNerney/2022)

Dynamic Diamond Cara Koenen will continue her Super Netball journey with the Sunshine Coast Lightning for another year.

Koenen broke out onto the scene during the 2019 season, going from bench warmer to reliable starter. Her combination with recently re-signed Steph Fretwell is one of the best in the league. Their partnership is satisfying and silky as both playing styles complement each other immensely.

Most notably a goal shooter, the 27-year-old has played more minutes at goal attack and is ready for any challenge.

The Magnetic Island local has played 69 games for the Lightning and was a part of their two-peat in 2017 and 2018. Most of her goals come under the post, but she has proved she can shoot from long distance under pressure.

Now a senior head in the side, Koenen is heading into her eighth Super Netball season with the Lightning.

“It’s pretty wild that I’ve been at Lightning for seven years. I love our fans and the Sunshine Coast community, and I can’t wait to line up again for my eighth season with this Club,” she said.

“With a few new players coming into the mix I’m excited for the challenge of working them into the Lightning environment.”

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Head Coach Belinda Reynolds is excited to welcome back Koenen into the Lightning environment alongside seasoned campaigner Fretwell.

“Cara is an incredibly strong player, but it’s her footwork, speed and athleticism which has really cemented her as one of the best shooters in the league,” Reynolds said.

“She continues to grow her game and I am excited to see what she will bring to the 2024 season.

“Steph and Cara are the backbone of this Club and I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome them both back in 2024 for their eighth season at Lightning.”

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