The Proteas netball star, Karla Mostert of the Free State, is set to become the first South African player to play in the Australian Netball League.
Mostert, who has been a long time servant of Kovsies and Free State netball, will be joining the new team, the Sunshine Coast Lightning.
The team will feature some of the biggest names in international netball such as the England international Geva Mentor and the Australian international duo of Caitlin Bassett and Stephanie Wood.
The New Zealander, Laura Langman, will also be one of Mostert’s new teammates.
Unlike Langman, who won’t be available for the Silver Ferns, Mostert will be available for the Proteas for their quadrangular Test series featuring Australia, New Zealand, and England.
Earlier this year Mostert was nominated as one of the players of the English Super League.
Mostert told Courant that it’s a massive opportunity and will benefit netball in South Africa.
“It’s a massive opportunity to have received a contract to go and play in Australia,” said Mostert
“I’m really looking forward and very thankful for it. I really grew as a player being part of the Super League in England and I hope and believe it will be the same in Australia.
“For us as South African players it’s important to grow as player and to get that type of exposure.
“That is the only way we can become better, even though it is just a few players being able to go overseas and play in the league of the top 3 countries.
“I think it will have a valuable and good impact on the national team and our respective club or provincial teams.”
She will be linking up with the Sunshine Coast Lightning in November for preseason. – MORGAN PIEK