Lightning Head Into Finals As Minor Premiers
For the first time in the Club’s history, Sunshine Coast Lightning will head into a finals’ series as Minor Premiers.
A 21 goal win against Adelaide Thunderbirds last night cemented their spot at the top of the table at the end of season regular, finishing three ladder points in front of the second placed NSW Swifts.
Thunderbirds started strongly in the opening quarter, carrying the lead into the first break but Lightning set the tone from the second quarter onwards, ensuring the final three bonus points fell the home side’s way.
The comprehensive victory also guarantees Lightning a home semi-final against the Swifts next Saturday – the first final the Club has been able to host on the Sunshine Coast.
The occasion of a home final at USC Stadium is not lost on departing Head Coach Noeline Taurua.
“We got the job done and were able to get the points so for us to go into [finals as] minor Premiers, that’s pretty cool for us,” Noeline Taurua said.
“It [playing finals on the Sunshine Coast] had been something we had been talking about and something we haven’t been able to do over the last couple of years, so it’s a bonus – not only for ourselves but also for our community.
“It’s something that we do talk about and know the value of being here and what it means to play here, so I’m really happy about that.”
An at capacity crowd of 3059 willed the side on in Saturday’s game at USC Stadium against Adelaide Thunderbirds.
Lightning now turn their focus to NSW Swifts when they go head to head on Saturday at 3pm with the home court advantage.