FORCEFUL: Geva Mentor of the Lightning competes for the ball during a Super Netball match against the Swifts at the University of the Sunshine Coast Stadium.
FORCEFUL: Geva Mentor of the Lightning competes for the ball during a Super Netball match against the Swifts at the University of the Sunshine Coast Stadium. ALBERT PEREZ

Champion outfit will have time on its side next time around

NETBALL: Geva Mentor's side won the Super Netball title in its inaugural season off the back of a limited pre-season so now she's eager to see what the Sunshine Coast can do with a full preparation.

The Lightning captain is the Sunshine Coast Sports Federation Senior Sports Star of June after being recognised as the national league's player-of-the-year in 2017, when she was a stifling presence as goal keeper.

The team managed to win the title despite a brief lead-up, when the team was hastily arranged.

But the same players will lace-up for the 2018 campaign and they will be able to be better prepared because the season won't start until after the Commonwealth Games in April.

"Last year we were chasing our tail a little bit but look at what we've managed to achieve," she said.

"We are in such a fortunate position now that we have got time on our side.

"It's about moving forward and (seeing) what can we do to build on our performances on court and away from the court as well.

"USC (University of the Sunshine Coast) has been right behind us and they've got a whole science department that we can really tap into and see where we can take netball."



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