Lightning Well Placed After Season Start
Two wins on the trot for Sunshine Coast Lightning has lifted the confidence and set the tone for Season 2021.
Lightning defeated former Premiers Melbourne Vixens on Sunday by 5 goals, with a convincing full court effort.
“We are very happy to get two wins on the road, especially against quality opposition like the Magpies and Vixens, it sets up a great home match for round 3 for us.” Head Coach Kylee Byrne said.
While Lightning have been plagued by slow starts in previous seasons, that couldn’t be further from the truth in the first two rounds.
In Sunday’s game Lightning headed into the main break with an 11-goal lead, providing them a buffer to withstand the eventual Melbourne Vixens comeback.
“Starting strongly is an area we’ve been trying to address for years and there’s a whole different mindset around keeping the lead,” she said.
“All teams are coming back and changing strategies and have the adaptability to throw anything at you – it’s something we have to be conscious of, whoever we come up against.”
In those moments Byrne is coaching the players to remain focused on the basics of the game plan and not the score.
“It’s about doing the ‘how’ right – we can’t just focus on the outcome of pushing this lead out or looking at the scoreboard constantly,” she said.
“We have to bring ourselves back to the processes that got us to a leading position in the first place.”
An experienced Vixens pushed Lightning in the second half but Byrne remained confident that her side would still take home the 4 points.
“I wasn’t nervous,” she said, “in the end I just trusted we had done the work in the first half to get the win.
“At all times I thought we’d get there, I just knew the margin may not be where we wanted it.”
Lightning now look towards their first home game of the season against a determined West Coast Fever on Saturday night.