Q&A with PHUMZA Maweni
Phumza Maweni’s fierce defensive pressure is what caught the attention of Lightning Head Coach Noeline Taurua. The defender has previously played in the Vitality Netball Superleague in the UK and has represented her home country, South Africa, in the recent Quad Series and Diamond Challenge.
This experience has seen Phumza develop a strong on-court dynamic with fellow Lightning teammate Karla Pretorius, which has so far proven to be a powerhouse for the club within the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball season.
Phumza has come a long way only playing her first game of netball in her 20s, to now winning a spot on the South African national team competing at the 2019 Netball World Cup.
Phumza lives with Peace on the Sunshine Coast with her son. So far, she’s settling into Aussie life quite well, learning to interpret our quirky mannerisms.
How did you first get into the sport?
I grew up in an environment where people loved sport. My older brothers were soccer players. I used to watch them, and I followed one of the biggest soccer clubs in South Africa.
What’s the weirdest Australian mannerism you’ve come across since moving to the Sunshine Coast?
Australians don’t pronounce words fully.
Have you found the Sunshine Coast to be a welcoming community? Sunshine Coast people are so friendly – it’s amazing… I feel at home, I love it.
What’s your favourite thing to do with your son on the Sunshine Coast? My son loves fun things, so I think I would take him to Aussie World.
Who’s the messier housemate, you or Peace? Peace!
What’s your favourite thing about being a member of the Lightning team? Being among a focused group of girls who stick to their goals. And importantly, we have the community in mind.
The pocket-rocket of the Sunshine Coast Lightning, Laura Scherian is known for her determination and grit. At just 167cm tall, Laura is a pint-sized powerhouse, playing both wing attack and centre for the Lightning.
Laura began her career in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy playing for the Canberra Darters in 2007, before being picked up by the Queensland Firebirds in 2010 in the ANZ Championship.
She then went on to play several years in the second-tier of the Australian Netball League before being signed as the last contracted player for the Sunshine Coast Lightning in 2017.
When she’s not training for a game, you will find Laura in the kitchen, cooking up a storm.
Here’s one of her favourite recipes;
STRAWBERRY & BANANA MUFFINS
Does anyone else get sucked in by the multibuys at the local fruit shop? Well, I do, every time! Most recently I over bought strawberries and voilà, I was inspired to bake something. Strawberries are currently in season and we are so lucky on the Sunshine Coast to be surrounded by local growers who supply us with an abundance of fresh and tasty strawberries. Motivated by schools heading back next week, I decided to make a tasty school lunch box snack. I hope you enjoy making and eating these delicious strawberry and banana muffins as much as I did. Made with a bit of love and a dash of thoughtfulness straight from Shez’s Kitchen.
MAKES: 10-12 medium sized muffins
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 20-25 minutes
1 ½ cups spelt flour (or plain flour) ½ cup rolled oats
1 tsp. bi-carb soda
½ tsp. salt
½ cup maple syrup
½ cup coconut oil, melted
½ tsp. vanilla essence
2 eggs, at room temperature
2 medium mashed bananas
¾ cup diced strawberries
1. Preheat the oven to 160C and grease a medium muffin tray or line with muffin cases.
2. In a large bowl, sift flour and bi-carb soda, then gently stir in the oats and the salt.
3. In another bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, vanilla essence and coconut oil. Next, whisk in one egg at a time and then stir in the mashed bananas.
4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently mix with a wooden spoon until combined. Finally, gently fold through the diced strawberries.
5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin until each mould is about three quarters full. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and firm to touch.