Lightning Deliver In Swifts Win

Sunshine Coast Lightning’s ability to stand up in clutch moments was rewarded with a victory against NSW Swifts on Sunday at USC Stadium.

Improved consistency across the 4 quarters pleased Head Coach Kylee Byrne as her team battled it out quarter by quarter against the experienced Swifts outfit.

“That was a really great game and a good way to win,” Byrne said.

“We needed to win that way – we needed to grind it out in those pressure moments at the end of quarters and the end of the game – we came through with the goods.

“We had a talk through the week about doing your own role and hoping, or rather knowing that will be enough to get the outcome that we needed.

“Today was staying true to the game plan and we delivered on that.”

Scores were level at the first change, with Swifts taking a 1 goal lead into the second half.

But Lightning took charge of the momentum for longer in the third and fourth term – something the side was unable to do in the first 2 games.

While Byrne was happy with the team’s output, she expects more improvement in the coming weeks.

“I’m happy with the 60 minutes but I still think there are lapses where we let them get into the game,” she said.

“There’s more work to be done but the foundation is there to go into next week.”

There will be consistency in the Coach’s messaging this week as they approach a winless Adelaide Thunderbirds with a home court advantage.

“We need to stick to the same messages – delivering the 60 minutes and staying in the game and in that moment, regardless of what the opposition throws at us,” she said.

“It’s a different opposition this week in Thunderbirds – they have a different style of play.

“So it’s about knowing what we can take away from Swifts into this game and stick to it.”