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Lightning’s Spark Is Back Ahead Of Thunderbirds

Motivation levels are high at Sunshine Coast Lightning this week according to Head Coach Kylee Byrne but she expects Adelaide Thunderbirds will also approach Wednesday’s game with a point to prove.

Lightning have taken a reflective look at their Round 8 performance after a 24-goal loss to West Coast Fever, with an honest but productive debrief leaving the team more determined than ever.  

Meanwhile, Thunderbirds fell to Queensland Firebirds by the smallest of margins in Round 8, which will undoubtably spur the team on when they face Lightning at Nissan Arena.

“They’ll be wanting to prove a point and stay in touch with that top four, especially coming off a one goal loss to the Firebirds, so they will come out firing,” Byrne said.

“But you never want to take on a good team after a big loss especially.

“I can see that fire back in the [Lightning] team’s eyes and that absolute commitment to being better – we’re on track.

“We’re working on some things defensively, we need to have a more physical presence on court – particularly in defence.”

Vice Captain Karla Pretorius said losses like Sunday can be character building and the Goal Defence hopes it will in fact strengthen the team headed into the back end of the home and away season.

“You live and you learn from games like that – it brings you back to re-evaluate and you get stronger out of it,” Pretorius said.

“We definitely want to be better.”

As Pretorius eyes the Round 9 game against Thunderbirds, she said the predominant focus remains on what Lightning can control within their own game and structures.

“They are a quality side but our whole focus going from Fever to the next is around what we need to do as a team and individuals, that is our focus, purely ourselves,” she said.