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Lightning May Not Be Underdogs But Improvement Still Top Of Mind

Sunshine Coast Lightning have shaken the underdog tag this season and will head into the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final as ‘the hunted’.

While not used to having a target on their back, the Club refuses to let the ‘favourite’ status influence their game day preparations and instead are still focusing on areas of improvement.

“We can’t plead the underdogs being Minor Premiers and the way we played on the weekend,” Assistant Coach Kylee Byrne said.

“Even though that publicly will be the tag, this group already have identified so many areas in which we can do better.

“They are keeping that dialogue going, about improving and being better than the Semi-Final.”

Lightning finished the Super Netball season as Minor Premiers and went on to dominate in the Major Semi-Final, defeating NSW Swifts by ten goals.

Controlling momentum across four quarters is top of mind, as the team eyes their third Grand Final in as many years.

Uncharacteristic fades have put Lightning on the back foot in select games this season and it’s an area of their game that is being addressed in training this week.

“We’re looking at controlling momentum in the game a bit more, just adding a few different layers on top of what we already are doing,” she said.

Lightning’s Grand Final opposition will be determined on Sunday when NSW Swifts and Melbourne Vixens do battle in the Preliminary Final.

In the meantime, Lightning midcourter Laura Scherian said the team’s focus was purely on what they can control in regards to game day preparations and training.

“At the moment we’re just concentrating on ourselves, we’re so excited to be in finals and there’s definitely a great vibe around the Club,” Scherian said.

“But we’re focused on what we’ve got to do for the Grand Final.”

Sunshine Coast Lightning will host the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final on Sunday 15 September at Brisbane Entertainment Centre from 1pm. Don’t miss out, tickets can be purchased via Ticketek.