Lightning Expect Fever To Come Out Firing
West Coast Fever may have run hot and cold so far this season but Sunshine Coast Lightning know they are not immune.
Lightning Assistant Coach Kylee Byrne anticipates the motivation of finals will spur the Perth side on in the back end of the season and says her team anticipates a relentless battle come Saturday.
“We’ve been waiting for them to start coming at teams, it’s been there,” Byrne said.
“For some reason they started slowly but we looked at their draw and who they were coming up against, we knew by the back end they would comeback pretty strongly.
“We are not taking them lightly at all.
“We took all eight points last time, and I’m assuming they want some redemption so they will come out all guns firing.”
A Grand Final rematch always adds another element to the game, especially given this time Lightning have the home court advantage.
And there’s no doubt Fever have a bad aftertaste after Lightning broke the competition’s high scoring record with 80 goals in the round two win in Perth.
Top of the table NSW Swifts then doubled down on the 80 goals in a game record when they faced Fever a week later.
Since that meeting West Coast have seen three draws, and two wins by two goals or less – making them an unpredictable opposition to come up against.
Lightning head into the final match before the mid-season break sitting second on the Suncorp Super Netball ladder with six wins under their belt.
“It takes a little bit of pressure off the last five rounds but it’ also is a really great foundation and base to keep building on,” she said.
“We’re going to be trying some different things in the World Cup break here and hopefully the team will take more steps up post World Cup.
Don’t miss the Grand Final rematch when Sunshine Coast Lightning face West Coast Fever on Saturday 22 June, 3pm at USC Stadium. Your last opportunity to see the team play before the World Cup break. Secure your tickets now.