Lightning Eye Win In Top Of Table Clash

Sunshine Coast Lightning Head Coach Kylee Byrne knows to be wary of a wounded Melbourne Vixens.

While the ladder leaders were defeated by Queensland Firebirds in Round 13, Byrne anticipates they will approach this weekend’s clash with Lightning with renewed energy and confidence.

“They will be hurting and they are always a team where after they lose they come back really, really strong,” Byrne said.

“They will hit the training court solidly and will have done a fair bit of work.

“They will want the win leading into finals just as much as we do.”

Pending this weekend’s results, Lightning could finish the season anywhere from second to fourth on the ladder.

Shooter Steph Wood said the clash against Vixens would be a good primer for finals, which begins the week after.

“When we play Vixens it’s always a really tough match up,” Wood said.

“It’s definitely really good for us leading into finals, there’s a big possibility we could play them two weeks in a row and it will take a four quarter effort to get the win.”

A win against Vixens on Sunday would guarantee a spot in the Major Semi Final on Saturday week and the coveted double chance in the 2020 finals series if required.

The appeal of the top two finish adds fire to the belly for Wood heading into Round 14 and she said her teammates were eager to come away with the win.

“We want the double chance – you always want that in finals,” she said.

“That’s the biggest incentive.”