Geva Mentor is itching to play for the Sunshine Coast Lightning.
Geva Mentor is itching to play for the Sunshine Coast Lightning. Contributed

Geva's energised by shift to Sunshine Coast Lightning

NETBALL: Geva Mentor is intent on taking her game to "another level” at the Sunshine Coast Lightning in her quest to be at her best for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The 32-year-old England defender has been a mainstay of the Melbourne Vixens for the past six years but a fresh challenge with a new team in the National Netball League could be just what she needs to ensure she remains a prominent player in her national side for years to come.

"I'm ready to take my netball to another level and see what other gears I've got,” she said.

"The Commonwealth Games is two years away and I really want to make sure I'm holding down a position.”

She believes a move to the Lightning will be a refreshing one.

"I think this will be a healthy change,” she said.

"I am taking myself out of my comfort zone.

"People can get very set in their ways and probably don't push themselves as much as they could when they are used to something.

"So I am moving to a new team and relocating to a new state and being away from my close-knit hub.

"That's a big challenge but...you grow personally and hopefully those improvements show on court. Putting yourself outside your comfort zone and thinking outside the box keeps you fresh in your mind and body.”

The opportunity to work under renowned coach Noeline Tuarua was also a major draw-card.

"It's got to the point in my career now where I'm ready for a change and a new opinion and a new direction and I think Noels will be able to bring that out,” she said.

Taurua is delighted to have the experienced Mentor in her line-up, which was finalised on Tuesday.

"Geva is a leader, she wants to be a better player and she's always willing to teach others,” she said.

"To have her in the defence is going to be fantastic.”

STEELE TAYLOR



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