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Lightning Clear On Areas For Improvement

Entering the Preliminary Final with an attacking mindset will be important for Sunshine Coast Lightning as they continue their tilt for the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball Premiership.

Lightning were defeated by Melbourne Vixens by 16 goals in the Major Semi Final on the weekend, despite outscoring the home team 17-13 in the final quarter.

“There’s certainly positives in the game – I thought there was plenty to take from the way we ended the last quarter but you can’t wait until you are 20 goals down to deliver on that, that needs to come from the start,” Byrne said.

“We did find some things we were proud of – the list isn’t long but there’s stuff to work on.”

In post-match discussions Head Coach Kylee Byrne said the group felt as though they began the Semi Final in protection mode instead of capitalising on opportunities and trying to create early scoreboard pressure.

“We thought we were quite defensive out there, we were protecting something – we’re not sure what we were protecting but we certainly did not come out in attack,” Byrne said.

“Attack the ball, attack the body, attack intercepts, we played quite within ourselves and that’s not like us either.

“I think we are pretty open that there are a lot of areas for improvement.”

Lightning are under no illusion that they need to be better if they are to overcome an in-form West Coast Fever on Sunday and Captain Laura Langman said no stone will be left unturned in preparations.

“Second life – we want to make the most of it, so it’s going to be another big week,” Langman said.

“It will be one shot.”

Sunshine Coast Lightning will play host to West Coast Fever in the Preliminary Final at USC Stadium on Sunday at 12pm.