NETBALL: She's been dubbed a quiet achiever but South Africa's Karla Mostert had the crowd in full voice with her most valuable player performance in Super Netball's grand final on Saturday night.
The 27-year-old goal defence was in the thick of the action for the Sunshine Coast during its staggering 17-goal triumph over Giants at Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
She lit up the stats sheet with her busy outing but she also produced some crucial plays to help her team break free from the battle.
Mostert was elated to taste success on the sport's big stage.
"I spoke to my family back home and I told them it's definitely a highlight," she said.
"This is one of the biggest matches I'll play in my life, being in a grand final and playing in the best competition in the world."
That she managed to largely stave off the likes of Giants captain Jo Harten was highly impressive.
But Lightning coach Noeline Taurua was hardly shocked by her charge's outing.
"It doesn't surprise me," she said. "She's been knocking on the door a wee while to really dominate her opposition."
"Karla's always a trojan out there (on the netball court).
"She's a quiet achiever. She's got a natural ability for reading the play and the ball and (with) her movement, she's really light on her feet.
"Like a springbok."
That a player from overseas claimed the MVP award should help the sport's development.
"It's massive, not only for Karla but for her family and for South Africa as well," Taurua said.
"It's massive for international netball."
Mostert told the Daily in April she was eager to use her experience in the competition to help promote and progress the sport in her homeland, along with Firebirds midcourter Erin Burger.
"We'll be taking what we learn back to South Africa. It would be selfish to keep it for yourself," she said.
"I think the experience itself can contribute to our national team. It's going to be beneficial to play in this league and then contribute to our country."
The Proteas are ranked fifth in the world, behind leader Australia.
Meanwhile, neither the 1.81m defender nor Taurua could confirm whether she will lace-up again with the Lightning next year.
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