20/04/2024
The Sunshine Coast Lightning have completed their shooting circle, adding up and comer Reilley Batcheldor to the squad.

The Sunshine Coast Lightning have completed its shooting circle for 2022 with local Queensland talent Reilley Batcheldor signing with the club for 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.

Batcheldor is a current member of the Australian 21 and Under squad. She impressed during the Born to Shine mini series, where she played for the Queensland Sapphires.

The emerging shooter is versatile, being able to play across both goal attack and goal shooter and isn’t afraid to sink the long shots. She has a knack for remaining cool, calm and collected in the big moments.

Head coach Kylee Byrne said she was excited for the young shooter to join the Lightning and begin an apprenticeship under Diamond representatives Steph Wood and Cara Koenen.

“I feel privileged to offer Reilley a senior contract after working closely with her in recent years and witnessing the time and effort she has put in to improve her game and level of professionalism,” Byrne said.

“Reilley is immensely talented and I look forward to seeing her take on this next challenge within our Lightning environment.

“The opportunity to harness and develop the next generation of Australian and Queensland netballers is incredibly appealing given the current spread of talent and also allows us to invest in our future.”

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Batcheldor was thankful to receive her first Suncorp Super Netball contract, and is determined to work hard as she develops her skills and her game.

“I couldn’t stop smiling after my phone call with Kylee and it’s such an honour to join a team like Lightning,” Batcheldor said.

“I can’t wait to work with Steph and Cara and the entire team and really focus on improving my netball.

“This is an opportunity I’ve been working hard for, for a number of years and now is the time to work hard and listen and learn and soak up all the information I can.”

Prior to signing with the Lightning, Batcheldor was a training partner for the Queensland Firebirds as well as featuring for QUT Netball in the state-level Sapphire series.

Batcheldor joins Wood, Koenen, Tara Hinchliffe, Mahalia Cassidy, Kate Shimmin, Kadie-Ann Dehaney and Laura Scherian at the Lightning for 2022

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