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Lee-Jones Taking Strides In Development

Annika Lee-Jones has benefited from increased court time this season and has impressed with each new development opportunity, taking to the court in four of eight matches so far.

Standing at 197cm, the Goal Keeper provides Sunshine Coast Lightning with a strong physical presence in the circle who relishes a one-on-one battle.

The rolling substitution rule has meant Lee-Jones must be ready at a moment’s notice to take to the court and defend against some of the league’s best shooters.

While courtside, the defender ensures her mind stays in the game, observing fellow Goal Keeper Phumza Maweni in preparation to replicate the same defensive strategies when given the call up.

“In order to make an impact heading onto the court I think it’s important that I watch Phumi and what she’s doing on the Goal Shooter and then making sure that it’s a seamless transition,” she said.

“So I try to put into play what she was doing but then also bringing my strengths onto the court, taking that front position and making it hard for them to feed over the top to the shooters.”

Lightning face Adelaide Thunderbirds on Wednesday night, with the determined South Australian outfit sitting one game outside of the top four after eight rounds.  

“Heading into the Thunderbirds game, a key focus for us will be possession, so making sure we have our hands on the ball,” Lee-Jones said.

“Then in defence it is just putting that pressure on them because they are a team that like to feed off the circle edge.

“So making sure we are contesting outside the circle and putting pressure on that feed into the circle.”

Lightning will take on Adelaide Thunderbirds on 2 September 2020 at Nissan Arena from 5pm. The game can be streamed live via TelstraTV and the Netball Live Mobile app.