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Lightning Showed Fight In Final

The fighting spirit of Sunshine Coast Lightning was on display until the final whistle in Sunday’s Preliminary Final and Head Coach Kylee Byrne says she would expect nothing less.

While disappointed that her side will not progress to their fourth consecutive Grand Final, Byrne said the team showed enormous courage and resilience in their final game for 2020.

“They are an amazing group of athletes, they are so competitive and they desperately wanted this,” Byrne said.

“There was no way they were going to stop – they were going to go until the last whistle.”

While Fever controlled the momentum for much of the game, Lightning won the final quarter and pegged the margin back to 14 goals at full time.

“Another team gets on top of you and you can throw your hands up,” she said.

“[But Lightning] came back out, they kept fighting, they won that fourth quarter and kept Fever to 14, which are all massive ticks.

“It would have been nice if it was in the first quarter.”

The 2020 season saw unique challenges and obstacles due to COVID and the subsequent Queensland hub but Byrne said the way in which the team responded was pleasing.

“We are really proud after everything this year has thrown at us and we’ve all got through different challenges,” she said.

“The expectation on ourselves was huge this year, so we will now review and reflect and come back ready to tackle anything in 2021.”

Now that the season has come to a close and subsequent COVID restrictions have eased on players, the Club will look to re-engage with the community and its partners before taking well-deserved league.

“As a Club we are going to give back to our community and our commercial partners, we haven’t been able to do that due to COVID restrictions,” she said.

“We are going to come together and try to celebrate the year that was.”