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Improved Performance Only The Start

Honest conversations and accountability were the catalyst for an improved Sunshine Coast Lightning performance against Adelaide Thunderbirds on Wednesday night.

Head Coach Kylee Byrne was pleased with the six goal win but said there was still progress to be made before Lightning are functioning at their best.

“We were so much better in some areas of the court, particularly in our attack end and how quickly we moved the ball and hit open players,” Byrne said.

“We still think there’s a fair bit of work to go before we’re at our best.”

As round 10 of the Suncorp Super Netball season looms, Byrne said the wins against middle placed teams such as Thunderbirds and this weekend’s opponent in Giants Netball are pivotal in cementing Lightning’s place in finals.

Just days earlier Lightning suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of West Coast Fever but Byrne believes there is a silver lining to the disappointing Round 8 performance.

“A loss like we had a couple days ago, although cliché, I think it really galvanised us,” she said.

“We came together and had such a good look at ourselves and what kind of netball we want to play and what is Lightning of 2020.

“We had some great conversations – and I’m lucky that I have those athletes that can have those conversations and lead them and be really honest with each other and accountable.

“They weren’t happy, they weren’t close to being happy.

“It’s set us up for the last six rounds to say we have to be better than that.”

Sunshine Coast Lightning will take on Giants Netball on Sunday 6 September 2020 from 1pm, as the side returns to USC Stadium.