Coaches Pleased With ‘Complete’ Performance Against Collingwood
Lighting defeated Magpies by a comprehensive 23 goals in front of a home crowd and Assistant Coach Kylee Byrne is buoyant about the team’s display.
“I think it was consistently – over four quarters – the best performance [this season],” Byrne said.
“The fact that we kept building during the game – we had a [short] lapse in the third quarter but they pulled themselves out much quicker than they had in any other game.
“It was a really complete performance from the girls and one we’re really proud of.”
Three consecutive goals to the Magpies had the margin cut back to just four early in the third quarter but then Lightning hit the accelerator.
And while potent in attack, the team’s ability to restrict Collingwood’s scoring opportunities contributed just as heavily to the final margin.
Magpies scored just 16 goals in the second half, in comparison to the home side’s 33.
If statistics are any indicator, Lightning’s South African duo Karla Pretorius and Phumza Maweni accumulated 95 Nissan Net Points in the fourth quarter alone.
In that same time frame Collingwood’s attack could only convert six goals, showing just how big an influence the two defenders had.
Reward for effort came in the way of not only four points for the win but also securing all four bonus points.
Byrne believes collecting all eight points on offer from the game and holding on to the second place on the Suncorp Super Netball ladder holds the team in good stead for the remainder of the season.
“We had some expectations at the start – we didn’t throw out the number eight but to walk away with it is exactly what we needed,” she said.
“To position ourselves on that ladder in the top two certainly helped that. We’re very happy with that result.”
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