ON COURT: Sunshine Coast Lightning's Peace Proscovia during the pre-season tournament.
ON COURT: Sunshine Coast Lightning's Peace Proscovia during the pre-season tournament. AAP - David Clark

Lightning shooter in promising pre-season outing

NETBALL: Sunshine Coast coach Noeline Taurua says recruit Peace Proscovia can take plenty of confidence out of her pre-season performance at Brisbane.

The Ugandan was a surprise replacement for Australian goal shooter Caitlin Bassett at the two-time national league champions during the off-season, after the latter linked with the Giants.

And the 29-year-old appears ready to fill those boots.

She produced a strong showing for the Lightning during the inaugural #TeamGirls Cup, involving all eight Super Netball teams, at the State Netball Centre.

They beat Adelaide 30-26 and Queensland 40-36 before losing to Melbourne Vixens 42-35. The Lightning then beat the Giants 46-44 in the battle for third place.

Proscovia, at 193cm was prominent.

"This was her first hit-out as such and she got a lot of court time and I'm very pleased with what she put out there," Taurua said.

"She's very strong underneath the posts and her shooting percentage is always high.

"I think that's a great start and I think she'll get a lot of confidence in what she's currently doing."

Taurua utilised many of her squad members as teams continue to prepare for the start of the season next month.

"It's still too early to (say) who will be in the starting seven but what I'm really pleased with is the different combinations that have come out," she said.

"For example, in our shooting end with Peach in there compared to Cara (Koenen), we've either got a moving, shooting circle or a real stationery and strong underneath the posts (circle) so that's pleasing. We've got quite a few combinations and a bit more variety than we've had in the past and that's of value to us."

Taurua believed the pre-season tournament worked well, despite some injuries to players at other teams.

She was pleased with her side's intent at the tournament.

"I think there was a lot of hunger ... and that's great that there was a lot of passion. I'm pleased with where we're sitting, knowing that we've still got a lot of strategies we've still got to develop and work on with the players. It's a great start for us."



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