Still More To Come After Peace’s Stunning Start

Only the sharpest intellect could find room for improvement in Peace Proscovia’s phenomenal introduction to Suncorp Super Netball.

The Sunshine Coast Lightning goal shooter has illuminated the competition to average 50 goals at 92 per cent accuracy in her first two starts after launching her season from the bench in Round 1.

Those who wondered how the English Superleague’s top shooter over the past few seasons would transition into Australia’s national league need not have worried.

The Uganda She Cranes captain has adapted immediately to her new surroundings to help crush West Coast Fever and the Queensland Firebirds – two clubs which started the season with realistic top four expectations.

While delighted by Proscovia’s debut, Lightning coach Noeline Taurua has identified how her impact could be even greater.

The 193cm shooter is powerful on the ground and in the air. Her aerial dominance and clean hands have at times masked imperfect delivery from the midcourt.

“Some of those passes were off keel a wee bit but she pulled them in. When she’s really strong and confident in herself she’s unstoppable I believe,” Taurua said.

“This is only the second round that she’s got good court time (and) hopefully by the end we start to really reap the rewards about what she can do in this competition.”

Taurua would know. She represented New Zealand in the goal circle and understands the timing, angles and placement needed for an attack to shine.

She is fortunate in that regard to have Laura Langman and Laura Scherian, or “pocket rockets” as Taurua playfully calls them, to supply the ball to Proscovia.

The agile and cunning midcourters can get away with imperfection but they are working to ensure their new combination reaches its potential.

“We’re still learning where to put the ball for Peace,” Scherian said. “As we’re progressing into the season, we’re finding that easier, what she wants from me as a feeder.”

The Lightning are back on the road again in Round 4, this time to Sydney where they have the opportunity to topple the undefeated NSW Swifts.