Sunshine Coast Lightning will travel down to Sydney this weekend to take on the NSW Swifts as part of Netball Australia’s Inclusion Round, where Lightning and Swifts will celebrate Pride.

Ken Rosewall Arena will be transformed into a sea of colour, with the Stadium’s lower and upper bowls decked out in Pride seat covers — creating a rainbow stadium for the fans.

Head Coach Belinda Reynolds said she was looking forward to taking on the Swifts after playing them just two short weeks ago.

“I like the fact that we get to play them shortly after that one-goal loss. If you were a fly on the wall in the changerooms that day we were completely shattered with not finishing off that game,” she said.

“This week we’re looking to add variety into our game. We know the Swifts are so clinical and they do hold possession late in the game — so we have to be in and amongst it every quarter.

Karla Pretorius reflected on their previous match against the Swifts, and said there are always plenty of positives to take away from those games.

“When we have those good patches, we’re really good. If we can do that for 60 minutes I know that we can be unstoppable and we can win against any team,” she said.

“When we played the Swifts previously it was a very even game, and it was just a Super Shot that got them over the line. Even though they didn’t take a lot of Super Shots, just one can make a difference. So it’s about making the most of every opportunity we have.”

Lightning Training Partner Ava Black, who recently made her SSN debut, has been elevated into the squad for this weekend after Shannon Eagland suffered a ruptured ACL during last week’s match against the West Coast Fever.

Sunshine Coast Lightning will take on the NSW Swifts this Sunday at 4pm at Ken Rosewall Arena. Watch live via Foxtel or Kayo.

If you’re a Sunshine Coast local, AVID Property Group are hosting a watch party event where you can watch the game for free on the big screen. For more information please visit: https://bit.ly/3LXbgLD

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