Club hopes Lightning strikes twice this season

Perth Lynx academy player Ashleigh Grant will be back in action for Lakeside Lightning in 2016. Picture: Erin Tuckey
Perth Lynx academy player Ashleigh Grant will be back in action for Lakeside Lightning in 2016. Picture: Erin Tuckey

After a less than ideal 2015, which had the women finish bottom of the ladder with just one win and the men 12th, the club has big plans for a surge up the ladder when the season kicks off this weekend.

A number of retirements in the last three years will have both teams promoting youth on the court, but two new coaches in Craig Mansfield for the women and Sam Oatman for the men will be working hard to ensure fresh faces and fresh ideas help the club succeed in 2016.

Lakeside Lightning director Steve Bezant said both teams had great pre-seasons and were looking forward to the proper season getting underway.

“We are looking forward to a great year both on and off the court – for us, ‘it’s more than a game’ and we are really pleased with the people we have at Lakeside this year and looking forward to seeing what the year brings,” he said.

“We have been working really hard during the off season and have a really exciting SBL group who will represent Lakeside well this year.

“Our women were hit hard by injury last year so providing we can keep our squad healthy it will be great to see some improvement from them and our guys had a really tough end to the season in 2015 and I know our new group is really excited to get out on the court and start again in 2016.

“It would be great to see the community come down and support the Lightning this season.”

The Lakeside Lightning kick off the season with an away game against the Stirling Senators on Friday.