GEVA MENTOR – 

To be quite honest, I still can’t believe we did it.

To win the inaugural Super Netball championship with the Sunshine Coast Lightning is one of the leading highlights of my career.

I think it’s one of those things that I will not truly appreciate what we have managed to achieve until a few years down the line or even post my career.

For a start-up club in the Lightning, to build our foundation and success from the ground up in the manner in which we have, is a real testament to the people part of it and the leadership across the whole organisation.

And the best thing about it all?

I can’t see any reason why we can’t do it all again next year.

It’s not about repeating; for us it’s about how can we be better than we were before.

A theme we prided ourselves on this year and a mantra we’ll take forward for next.

Each weekend that we step out in 2018 – win, lose or draw, we want to make sure individually and as a team we are putting out an even better performance than the week prior.

That’s the attitude we need, and are going to have.

Bank on it.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 17: Geva Mentor of the Lightning and team mates celebrate victory after the Super Netball Grand Final match between the Lightning and the Giants at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on June 17, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 17: Geva Montor of the Lightning and team mates celebrate victory after the Super Netball Grand Final match between the Lightning and the Giants at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on June 17, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Of course, it will be bloody tough, the whole competition has become a whole lot better with the recent player movements.

I’m of the view that if you go in thinking you can go back-to-back, you’re at greater risk of falling short and into the trap of not challenging yourself as a team or as individuals.

I think for us, it’s about thinking outside the box, making sure we adapt quickly, striving for the best and realistic in the fact we won’t get it right all the time. Small steps are key, forward steps are vital!

If we do that, the results next season will take care of themselves.

The competition really is getting a whole lot better and Netball Australia should be proud of what they have achieved.

I have no qualms in saying that the Super Netball is the world’s premier netball league.

The competition is by far head and shoulders above others; they’ve brought the game closer to the fans than ever before with free to air and TV broadcast coverage on the apps, they’ve enhanced the match day experience and strong sponsor appeal.

Talent is spread evenly with the decreased player numbers in a team and more teams and for obvious reasons, I’m glad the league has lifted the import policy.

I always refer to the NBA in the United States, or the English Premiership League in England as the best domestic competitions for their codes, so there is nothing wrong with Australia aspiring to administrate the best netball league in the world.

That’s one of the reasons why I have fallen in love with this country – you’re not afraid to have a “fair dinkum crack”.

By placing no restrictions to the team rosters, the Super Netball league is able to flourish and prosper.
And for the critics who felt as though Australian-born netball talent would suffer, I believe they too now understand that if the level of competition is world class and the environment is also, then that will only have a trickle effect in improving the standards and competition from elite through to junior level in Australia.

There’s no doubt the Suncorp Super Netball league has been thrilling this year with tighter, hotly contested games. I’m excited for what 2018 has to offer, as it’s great to be part of something that is ever evolving as an athlete.