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Lightning Eye Strong Start Against Swifts

Sunshine Coast Lightning are seeking a full four quarter performance when they face NSW Swifts on Sunday at USC Stadium.

In recent weeks, it has taken Lightning time to work their way into games and Head Coach Kylee Byrne said the team didn’t want to make a habit of the slow starts.

The early scoreboard pressure from the Melbourne Vixens proved too much for Lightning who were eventually defeated by 12 points.

“We had some really hard conversations [after the Vixens game] and a lot of it was around our starts of games,” Byrne said.

“We stayed back at USC Stadium quite late debriefing, but we just wanted to get it done while it was fresh in our minds.

Come Thursday they were back in the gym, they were up doing video analysis, they wanted to get straight back into it and planning for the Swifts.”

Midcourter Jacqui Russell also highlighted Lightning’s starts as an area of focus as the team prepares for the Swifts in Round 4.

Russell said playing out a full four quarters was especially important when lining up against quality sides like Vixens or Swifts.

“That is certainly something we will be looking to work on in the coming weeks is to have a really good start,” Russell said.

“We have patches of brilliance and really high intensity where we work really well but we are yet to put together that 60 minute game.

“That’s something we will be looking at over the next few weeks.”