Sunshine Coast Lightning centre Laura Scherian has seized her second chance with both hands. Photo: News Corp Australia
Sunshine Coast Lightning centre Laura Scherian has seized her second chance with both hands. Photo: News Corp Australia

Scherian suddenly the Lightning centre of attention

LIGHTNING centre Laura Scherian may be small in stature but she never stopped dreaming big.

By the end of Saturday night, her journey from the scrapheap to the top of the mountain will be complete if the Sunshine Coast triumph in the Suncorp Super Netball grand final against the GWS Giants.

The 167cm-tall Scherian has become a vital cog in the star-studded Lightning starting seven that contains five internationals.

The last player signed to the main Sunshine Coast roster, Sherian was part of the Queensland Firebirds squad in 2010 after playing 14 games for the AIS Canberra Darters in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy in 2007.

She was not re-signed by the Firebirds for 2011 and has been plying her trade with the Queensland Fusion in the second-tier ANL ever since, apart from a handful of one-off call ups to the Firebirds to cover for injuries.

The 28-year-old has not wasted the lifeline thrown to her by Lightning coach Noeline Taurua.

"That day that Noels called. It was so exciting. To get another chance was a massive thing,'' Scherian said.

"The ANL was a great thing for me throughout the years and I sometimes I thought it (not playing at the top level again) was a possibility.

"But I was still passionate about netball and wanted to play at this level and that kept me going.

"We've been going so well this year and to play in the grand final is just a wonderful opportunity for us all.''

The midcourt of Scherian, Laura Langman and Kelsey Browne has provided great service for the potent shooting duo of Caitlin Bassett and Steph Wood.

Scherian, who had three ANZ Championship games to her name, claimed MVP honours in Round 1 when the Lightning drew with the Firebirds at Boondall - the venue for the 2017 decider.

She said playing alongside so many highly credentialed players - especially Langman - had elevated her own game.

Scherian attended John Paul College in Brisbane's south - the same school as Lightning teammate Madeline McAuliffe.

"I'm a bit older than her. I actually coached her a few times when I went back to the school. My mum (Brenda) coached her as well,'' she said.

"She's like my little sister up here on the Sunshine Coast.''


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