Adelaide Thunderbird's Laura Scherian is looking forward to facing the Lightning this week. (Image: Adelaide Thunderbirds).

Adelaide Thunderbirds' Laura Scherian is up to the challenge of taking on her former team, Sunshine Coast Lightning.

Just two rounds into the current Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) season, the Adelaide Thunderbirds are already looking at ways to improve in their 2024 campaign.

With the Thunderbirds coming off a thrilling season last year, in which they won their first premiership in over a decade, they currently sit fourth on the SSN ladder.

Their ladder position comes as a result of their first two games which were both won and lost by a point.

Midcourter Laura Scherian, who joined the Thunderbirds during the off-season, acknowledged that the team has had an inconsistent start to their 2024 campaign.

“Losing by one point is not fun, but winning by one point is a lot of fun. I think the start to the season has been a little bit up and down in terms of that,” Scherian said.

“But being close in matches is exciting and it’s just [about] having that ability to win [those matches] and go over the line. We did that in the first game, but we really just need to look at how we just did that and how we can do that for more games as well.”

Following on from their one-point loss against the Melbourne Vixens last week, the Thunderbirds will be looking to pivot their focus onto their next challenge which sees them come up against the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

While the Lightning may be currently sitting sixth on the ladder, the Thunderbirds will be given an added challenge after their opponents underwent a significant roster revamp in the off-season with Mahliha Cassidy and Liz Watson being added to the Lightning’s midcourt.

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Scherian was full of praise when speaking about the Lightning’s new additions to the side, sharing that the Thunderbirds will have to utilise their talents to be up for the challenge ahead.

“Mahalia and Liz are extremely strong players and very versatile as well through their midcourt like we are. But I think we really just have to look to our smarts and be creative with what we do in our attack end. They are both really strong, physical players,” she said.

“So I’m really excited about the challenge. We’ve got some great coaches who come up with some awesome tactics and I’m excited to put them to use.”

However, it’s not just the challenge of Watson and Cassidy that has the Thunderbirds’ midcourter eager for their upcoming clash on Saturday.

For Scherian, it will be the first time she will face her former team since departing the Lightning during the off-season. While she shared that she had plenty of fond memories in her seven years with the Sunshine Coast, she also admitted that they’re “the club that broke [her] heart,” she said.

“I don’t know how I’ll feel when I step out there [on Saturday]. But I do know I have a lot of pride in putting on my pink dress and being out there with these girls.

“The experience being down here so far in Adelaide has been amazing. It’s been good for me on and off the court, and I’m loving it.”

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