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Lightning Shooters Won’t Shy From Physicality

Sunshine Coast Lightning will be seeking ways to disarm a physical Melbourne Vixens defence in the Major Semi Final come Saturday.

Lightning fell to the Minor Premiers by four goals on Sunday but with seven days to prepare for their next battle, key areas will become a focus at training and analysis sessions during the week.

“It was a great opportunity to battle the Vixens who we hadn’t met since round three and challenge our season developed skills and strategies against the minor premiers” Voge said.

“In defense the Vixens used their physical presence with their height and hands over defence, particularly towards the end of the third and into the start of the fourth quarter to challenge our attacking movement and limit our opportunities with the ball”

“We want to be better at consistently creating strong connections and possession opportunities for all of our shooters”

The versatility of Lightning’s goal circle has been a strength in 2020 and Voge said the trio would be able to readjust and prepare in training this week.

“That’s something we’ll have to look at this week and make sure we use our versatility, smarts and creativity moving into the semi final,” she said.

“There was a lot of positives to come out of the game for us as a team, there is a strong belief within our group and we are heads down planning and preparing this week for the opportunity to turn the tables on Vixens”

Lightning will face Melbourne Vixens at USC Stadium in the Major Semi Final on Saturday from 1pm.

The winner of the match will immediately qualify for the 2020 Grand Final, while the loser will go on to compete in the Preliminary Final against the winner of West Coast Fever and NSW Swifts on Sunday.