Lightning Ready Themselves For Determined Thunderbirds

Adelaide Thunderbirds are still on the hunt for their first win of the season but that hasn’t stopped Sunshine Coast Lightning’s next opponents from playing with an obvious faith in what they’re building.

Lightning Head Coach Kylee Byrne knows firsthand how a strong Club morale can help lift teams during games and said it makes Thunderbirds difficult to prepare for.

“They’re playing with plenty of heart and instinct and that makes a team really tough to analyse and come up against,” Byrne said.

“We made sure to look at every option this week – because they do make changes as well.

“It’s being aware that whatever is thrown at you in that situation that we have something to go to.”

Thunderbirds dominated the first quarter against West Coast Fever last week, demonstrating just how damaging they can be when momentum shifts their way.

Finishing the term 21 – 13, the young outfit were unable to maintain the intensity across the next 3 quarters but will no doubt approach the Lightning clash with a point to prove.

“You saw what they did in the first quarter against Fever on the weekend,” she said.

“They came out firing, they were 8 goals up and they played some great netball.

“They’ll be riding high in confidence knowing they have that performance behind them.

“They would have been disappointed with how they finished up that game.

“We won’t be underestimating them at all.”

During the week the overarching focus is still about getting the Lightning game plan right and Byrne was confident in the team’s preparations at training.

“We trained really well today,” she said.

“I was very happy with what they put out in attack and defence and we have a few different things up our sleeve for this weekend.”

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