Q&A with PHUMZA Maweni

Life & Style Weekend - - LIGHTNING -

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;


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.

Photo: ku­ley cre­atives

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