Lightning Hungry For All Points On Offer Against Fever
Coach Noeline Taurua is eyeing maximum points when Sunshine Coast Lightning host West Coast Fever this weekend.
Following on from their round two clean sweep against the Perth side, Lightning want to produce another four-quarter performance before they head into the World Cup Break.
“We want to push it through and make sure we finish off properly putting the best performance out there that we can,” Taurua said.
“Everything behind the scenes has to be as good as it can, so we don’t relax at all.
“We’re going for those points, definitely for the win, and as many (bonus) points as we can.”
That’s not to say Taurua doesn’t respect the opposition and what they will throw at Lightning when they face off at USC Stadium on Saturday.
“We can’t rest on our laurels, we want to finish it off well, we want to make sure this home game is memorable for the people that we represent which is Sunny Coast,” she said.
“I think we had a great game last week, so it’s the continuation on that – defensively we were able to turn over a lot of ball.
“Slight difference this week with Jhaniele Fowler’s presence in there, so we’ve got to be quite creative.
“I thought when we did take the ball down the other end Peace [Proscovia] and co were very tight and I thought the ball was flowing through lovely.
“It’s just a continuation of what we’ve been doing every week but trying to be better and improving our strategies.”
In form defender Karla Pretorius says her team is well prepared to face Fever but knows the West Coast team will have something to answer for after Lightning defeated them in round two with a record breaking 80 goals scored.
“After coming out with a win the previous weekend and taking into consideration our previous game against them, they will definitely want to prove something and end on a high note,” Pretorius said.
“We know we have our work cut out for us and they are going to come at us full force.
“But we are equally as prepared for the upcoming game and we’re excited for it.”
Pretorius, who was named MVP against Magpies last week, believes the beauty in the team’s round eight performance was the fact that every Lightning player stepped up to contribute to the win.
“It was a great team performance, everyone did their job and did it well,” she said.
“We want to do the same on the weekend.”
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.