By Nganda Kizito
Australian Suncorp Premier League professional side –Sunshine Coast Lightning have tightened their relationships with five of their key attacking players, including The She Cranes Captain Peace Proscovia Drajole Agondua, as the club scramble to keep their off-contract stars, ahead of the 2020 season.
Just over a third of the 80 players spread across the eight teams are coming off contract.
Teams currently have the exclusive right to re-sign any of their existing 10 contracted players, their permanent or temporary replacement players or training partners on single year or multi-year contracts for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Clubs have been able to approach or enter negotiations with players from other franchises since July 2.
No contracts can be finalised with those players until the signing period commences on September 16 and ends on October 14.
Lightning, who won the first two titles and are running second this season with two rounds to go, moved quickly to take their star attackers off the market.
Diamonds’ star Steph Wood and fellow shooters Ugandan captain Peace Proscovia and Cara Koenen, wing attack Laura Scherian and goalkeeper Annika Lee-Jones have all re-signed for 2020.
“Five players re-committing to Lightning next season is exciting for the club and bodes well for our vision going forward,” said Lightning coach Noeline Taurua.
“The unique combinations we have on court have resulted in a combined shooting efficiency of 90 per cent and we look forward to consolidating the unit further.”
Peace Proscovia, born on November 1, in Arua, West Nile sub-region, attended Awindiri Primary School before joining Mvara SS for both her O and A-Level studies.
She was admitted to Nkumba University, where she obtained a Diploma in Development Studies in 2010 – joining Uganda Christian University (UCU) in Mukono the same, where she obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in 2013.
I n 2014, she received a scholarship to study for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at UCU.
She started her professional career in the United Kingdom when she secured a trial contract with Loughborough Lightning in the winter and spring of 2015. In January 2016, she was signed to a full contract for the 2016 and 2017 seasons and after playing for Loughborough Lightning in 2015 and 2016, Proscovia re-signed for a further two years following changes in visa regulations.
As part of her new contract she enrolled in the Master of Science degree program at the Loughborough University School of Business and Economics, with a focus on marketing.
Proscovia is currently a PhD student and an ambassador for number of organisations.
Proscovia made the move to Australia to play for the Sunshine Coast Lightning in the 2019 season, an acquisition described by the club as ‘a massive coup.’
She partnered with teammates Stephanie Wood and Cara Koenen in the attacking circle and has been rewarded with a contract extension through to the end of the 2020 season.