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Joseph completes the Lightning squad for 2021

Lightning have confirmed their final player n

Joining the side in 2011 to combine her training with study at Loughborough University, Joseph has since cemented her place within the programme and is looked up to as a leader within a young side. 

Her experience with the side and its programme means she can now provide vital knowledge and support to incoming student-athletes wishing to mirror her impressive Superleague career. 

I really like the set up at Loughborough, the coaches and support we get around playing, the facilities are amazing. Last year didn’t really go to plan with my injury and then COVID so I feel like there’s a lot of unfinished business for me.” 

Preseason is always long; it gives you enough time to get to know each other and we needed that as we had a relatively new team last year. It gives you time to get some fixtures in before you go into the season but for me it was frustrating, I got injured early on and didn’t manage to play any of the actual season, so it was definitely hard.” 

Lockdown was definitely a blessing for me and my injury. There were no matches, so I wasn’t in effect missing anything but then it was tough because I was trying to rehab at home with little equipment and no access to a physio or a gym, so it did make it a bit tricky.” 

It’s really nice to be back on court, it’s tough, I’ve not been back on court since January, so it’s just getting back to basics to ease us back in.” 

I still think of myself as one of the younger ones, it feels like this has all happened very quickly, but nine years is a very long time. I think moving into a leadership role is the natural next step for me, having been here for so long means I know the club really well and especially having been through the experience of playing and studying alongside each other I’d like to think I can share some of those experiences to help the student athletes within our squad. 

My aim next season is to get back on court and put out 60 minutes injury free and to then make it through the season injury free. To get back on court and just enjoy netball again will be great and hopefully we can all play some good netball. It’s a very exciting season next year, as a team I can’t wait for us to show everyone what we’re capable of and be able to put that out for a full season and push for a top four position and then a place in the Grand Final.” 

Sara Bayman said: “Hannah is one of our longest serving players in the squad and that loyalty is appreciated. She represents the proud history of this club as well as the exciting future. The knowledge and experience they have can drive this team forwards and be an example to other players of what it means to represent this club. 

 

Final Squad 

  1. Beth Cobden 
  1. Sam May 
  1. Annabel Roddy 
  1. Beth Gabriel 
  1. Lucy Parize 
  1. Ella Clark 
  1. Mary Cholhok 
  1. Hannah Williams 
  1. Alice Harvey 
  1. Jas Odeogberin 
  1. Suzie Liverseidge 
  1. Nat Panagarry 
  1. Lauren Nicholls 
  1. Hannah Joseph 

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