Lightning Take Strong Learnings From Fever Match

A blistering 21-12 first quarter from Sunshine Coast Lightning has given the team confidence despite eventually falling to West Coast Fever in Round 3.

Head Coach Kylee Byrne said the team executed the game plan brilliantly in the first term but were unable to maintain control throughout the remainder of the match.

“It was a very tough loss because we felt that this was the game to put four quarters of netball out there after the results in the first two rounds,” Byrne said.

“We came in with a really clear picture of what we wanted to do, we did it in the first quarter and delivered on the game plan 100%.

“We went away from our game plan which was the most disappointing thing.

“They changed what they were doing, they became more physical and were close to the body and we need to be better at adapting.

“We need to be better than that.”

Byrne was proud of the team’s resilience after the loss and believes the group immediately identified a number of learnings.

“Straight away it wasn’t a defeatist attitude, there’s belief now that we can get them,” she said.

Lightning will take stock this week, ready to face an in form NSW Swifts at USC Stadium.

While pleased with the team’s strong starts each week, consistency across 4 quarters will remain a priority ahead of Sunday’s clash.

“We’ve put out some great performances in three matches and the scoreboard didn’t go our way and patches didn’t go our way against Fever,” she said.

“But we will keep building on that performance.

“We’ll look at that first quarter, there is some good stuff in attack that we need to take to the Swifts because they will come looking for the same result this weekend.”

Tickets are now on sale for Lightning’s Round 4 clash against NSW Swifts at USC Stadium on Sunday 23 May 2021.