Lightning Wary Of Wounded Vixens

Sunshine Coast Lightning will not approach a wounded Melbourne Vixens outfit lightly, with the 2 sides set to face off on Sunday in Suncorp Super Netball Round 2.

The 2020 Premiers were defeated in a Grand Final Re-match against West Coast Fever on Saturday, meaning there will be added fire in the belly to secure their first win for the season.

On the other hand, Lightning’s confidence will be bolstered after an 11-goal victory over Collingwood Magpies in the season opener.

Head Coach Kylee Byrne said a side as clinical as Vixens never relies on just one or two players but rather their structures and processes to dismantle opposition teams.

“With a team like the Vixens who are so well drilled, when under pressure those players who have been at the club for a few years will put their hands up and lift everyone around them.

“With some players out and new players in they will look and feel a little different when out on court but I expect them to be up there in every single game and I will not take them lightly at all.

“It is a danger game, they are a club and a team with such proud history and expectations and standards.”

The focus this week remains largely on Lightning’s own output, however Byrne also acknowledged the team will need to adjust defensively to combat the Vixens’ differing style of play.

“They are going to play a different style to Collingwood, so our challenge this week is to be able to adjust to some different defensive styles that the Vixens will put out,” she said.

“Knowing as well that they are really capable of gaining that ball and causing pressure in our attack end.

“We will need to be right on top of our basic skills this weekend.”

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