Sunshine Coast Lightning will travel to Sydney this weekend for Round 10 of the SSN to play GIANTS Netball.
With both teams sitting on 12 points on the ladder in fifth and six, it will be crucial for the future of both team’s seasons to come away with a win.
After a devastating one-point loss to the Melbourne Vixens last weekend, Head Coach Belinda Reynolds said her side was incredibly disappointed.
“We were well aware of how important that win was in the context of our season. My initial reaction was pure disappointment as was the girls. We were disappointed with the way we started that game,” she said.
“Obviously we can only control the controllables here, which is winning our games. That’s certainly the plan to put our four-quarter performances to get wins on the board. Like we know, any team can be beaten on any given day, so we’re just making sure we keep concentrating on our own performance.”
Lightning played the GIANTS at UniSC Arena in Round 1, where the home-side managed a convincing 16-point win, but Reynolds said they’re expecting a very different team this time around.
“We are expecting them to be different to Round 1. Every team has improved since then. We’ve been doing our homework on them and are expecting another tough battle this weekend,” she said.
Lightning player Kadie-Ann Dehaney also spoke about the disappointing Round 9 match against the Vixens, but is hopeful for the rest of the season.
“Losing that game was a very tough pill to swallow. Sometimes things go the wrong way, that’s the nature of the sport. We want to win but we haven’t been putting it out a full-game performance. So this is just the next opportunity to get that four-quarter performance,” she said.
“Coming up against the GIANTS we’re definitely excited for the hit-out and to get a 60-minute performance. The season isn’t over, we have a few more games and teams at the bottom are causing the gap so we need to stay positive.”
Sunshine Coast Lightning will take on GIANTS Netball this Saturday at 5pm at Ken Rosewall Arena. Watch live via Foxtel or Kayo.