USC Thunder is a newly formed Netball organisation based at the High-Performance Sports Precinct at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).
Thunder has obtained a license, one of seven available, from Netball Queensland to compete in the HART Sapphire Series, the series is the first of its kind in a State League format to attract a major named partner (HART) for a five-year term. The series is aimed at becoming a semi-professional competition as the primary launchpad in to the Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) National League with matches being played at the new $44M Queensland State Netball Centre and three home matches at our home venue, the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Stadium. The presence of USC Thunder on the Sunshine Coast is critical to both the emerging and elite Netballers, and the grass-roots Netball community to showcase and provide a very visible and tangible pathway to semi-professional sport. Additionally, it enables training partners of the Sunshine Coast Lightning to play Netball in a highly competitive environment, ensuring they are match-fit for any opportunity presented to them to compete on the National stage.
USC Thunder’s member associations are Bundaberg, Caboolture, Caloundra, Coolum, Gayndah, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Nambour, Noosa, and Sunshine Coast Netball Association. Further to this, USC Thunder is aligned to 24 associations in total (inclusive of our member associations above) meaning players from this catchment are eligible to trial and play for Thunder. This player catchment extends as far south as Caboolture, as west as Longreach, and as far north as Rockhampton.