Maweni Previews Tall Task

Phumza Maweni and her fellow circle defenders have a big task at hand this week against West Coast Fever but the South African says she’s ready and excited for the challenge.

Sunshine Coast Lightning and Fever both enter the match undefeated in 2021, with the Round 3 clash shaping up to be a heated battle.

“I’m looking forward to this first game against the big guns, Fever,” Maweni said.

“For us, we are in a good environment at training and know we are capable of competing against the best teams in the competition.

“In training we have tried to combine different styles of play and different structures so that we are ready for whatever they throw at us.”

Fever Shooter Jhaniele Fowler is in fine form heading into the Lightning match, averaging 55 goals per game so far this season.

Lightning will rely on the trio combination of Maweni, Captain Karla Pretorius and Kate Shimmin to counteract Fowler’s impact, while also looking to the attack and midcourt to slow Fever’s feeds into the goal circle.

“Jhaniele is one of the best shooters in the world and she is always hard to play against,” she said.

“I’m looking forward for it – it will be hard but I am ready.”

“We have also been working on different structures that will help us to stop the ball before it lands in Jhaniele’s hands.”

Fever had the upper hand against Lightning in 2020, so the appeal of an early season win to reverse that trend will be front of mind.

Maweni said she had faith in the style of netball that Lightning have been putting out in recent weeks, however, and is confident that the team will be able to execute the game plan Saturday.

“This week we need to start strongly and keep that up for 4 quarters.

“We need to focus on ourselves, instead of chasing their team’s structure.

“I’m looking forward to continue doing what is working for us and we know what we’re doing.”

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