Lightning Need To Adapt For Second Swifts Meeting

Sunshine Coast Lightning’s adaptability will be key when it comes to facing a clinical NSW Swifts outfit eager to atone for Round 4.

Captain Laura Langman said it’s rare to catch Swifts off-guard twice in a season, so replicating what led to a win last fortnight won’t necessarily have the same impact on Wednesday.

“We’ve focused on what we can control and that’s what we put out there as a product,” Langman said.

“Swifts are a clinical and tidy outfit and it’s not often you’ll catch them twice on the back foot, so we are assuming they are going to play really fast.

“They’ve got the legs and are very aerial at both ends, so our ability to get ball but also tick the score over has been a big focus for us.”

Time was spent at training this week to not only reflect on what worked well against Swifts but also alternate tactics that Lightning may draw on from their arsenal.

Assistant Coach Christine Voge said the proactive approach will bode well.

“Our attacking flair was highlighted in the Round 4 game but we can’t take that for granted that it will come naturally and ready again,” Voge said.

“We are very aware that Swifts are good at doing their homework and are prepared to shift and change things up – that was part of our training today.

“We looked at what worked last time but what are we going to do differently in this game, so we are ahead.”

Lightning head down the highway to take on NSW Swifts at Nissan Arena at 5pm on Friday and Voge said the team would relish the ‘away game’ feel around the game.

“We thrive off being together and we are looking forward to taking the opportunity get away as a group, to travel on the bus together to Brisbane tomorrow night and having our own ‘mini hub’,” she said.