Sunshine Coast Lightning
|Based in||Sunshine Coast, Australia|
|Home venue||University of Sunshine Coast Stadium|
|Head coach||Noeline Taurua|
|Premierships||2 (2017, 2018)|
|League||Suncorp Super Netball|
The Sunshine Coast Lightning is an Australian netball team in Sunshine Coast, Queensland which competes in the premier domestic league, Suncorp Super Netball. The team were formed in 2016 as a new look Queensland side, during the disbanding of the ANZ Championship. The team is a joint venture owned by the Melbourne Storm and University of Sunshine Coast.
Following the dissolving of the trans-Tasman ANZ Championship competition in 2016, Netball Australia announced the creation of a new national Netball league, which would feature the five original Australian teams and three additional teams. In May 2016, Netball Australia confirmed that professional rugby league club the Melbourne Storm was one of three preferred licence holders for the new teams.
The club was launched in August 2016. The club colours (Navy Blue, purple and yellow) and logo (a bolt of lightning) are similar to the features of the Storm. Speaking at the launch, Storm CEO Dave Donaghy stated it was "exciting for the junior netballers, the fans, local businesses and the entire Sunshine Coast region. This is your team". Noeline Taurua was immediately appointed coach of the team and high-profile Australia national team players Caitlin Bassett and Stephanie Wood were the team's inaugural signings. The Lightning play home matches at the University of Sunshine Coast Stadium, which was upgraded prior to their first home match with corporate boxes and broadcast facilities. The venue has a capacity of 2,200.
2017-20: Back-to-back premierships
After finishing second (out of eight teams) on the ladder, the Lightning defeated the Melbourne Vixens by one goal in the major semi-final to progress directly to the Grand Final, where they comfortably defeated Giants Netball at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and became one of the few expansion teams to record a Premiership in their debut season in Australian sport. The following season the Lightning narrowly qualified for finals, though defeated the Firebirds and Giants to qualify for the second consecutive Grand Final, this time against West Coast Fever in Perth. In a tight game before over 13,700 fans, the Lightning registered a three goal win to record their second consecutive premiership.
|2018 Sunshine Coast Lightning roster|
|Player profiles: Team website||Last updated: 1 December 2017|
|Season||Standings||Regular season||Finals||Head coach|
|Sunshine Coast Lightning|
|2017||2nd||11||1||2||Won Qualifying Final (Vixens, 56–55)
Won Grand Final (Giants, 65–48)
|2018||4th||8||1||5||Won Elimination Final (Firebirds, 57–56)
Won Preliminary Final (Giants, 59–50)
Won Grand Final (Fever, 62–59)
|Regular season||19||2||7||0 Minor Premierships|
|Finals||5||0||0||2 Super Netball titles|
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- "Lightning strikes twice as Sunshine Coast retain Super Netball title". ABC News. 26 August 2018.