Lightning’s Adaptability A Key Focus
Strong starts have been a feature of Sunshine Coast Lightning’s games in season 2021 and now the focus at training is on being able to maintain that intensity across the full 60 minutes.
Midcourter Maddy McAuliffe admits the team has not reacted fast enough when opposition teams have switched strategies and structures midway through the game.
The onus is now on the team to trust their instincts and work together to counter opposition changes throughout the course of the game.
“All the coaches at this level are fantastic,” she said.
“Tactically what they can do within the game to change strategies is pretty impressive.
“We’re very lucky with our coaching team and we’ve definitely got the ability to change things up.
“But I think it’s more about adapting live out on court, we can’t wait for that timeout to get coaches’ instructions, we have to go into our own toolbox and see what we can bring out.”
The Lightning and NSW Swifts rivalry runs deep and has produced adrenaline-inducing moments out on court and Sunday’s clash is shaping up to be no different.
Sitting at 8 points apiece on the Suncorp Super Netball ladder, the 2 sides will battle it out for 2nd position on the ladder.
“The Swifts are a really good team for us to come up against, we match up really well on court and it is always a really tight tussle,” McAuliffe said.
“I’m very excited for how the game will go on the weekend – they really utilise their 2 point shot a lot and that will be something for us to combat this weekend.”
McAuliffe said the team was really beginning to gel but each new opportunity out on court together provides new learnings.
“We’re really fine tuning our processes – we have certain numbers we want to hit and certain outcomes,” she said.
“We are just still trying to identify what the processes are that enable us to achieve those outcomes.
“For us it’s about fine tuning what they are and when teams come back at us and change something up how does that process change, if at all.”