McAuliffe Looking Forward To Swifts At Home

Sunshine Coast Lightning is using the hurt of Round 3 as motivation ahead of Sunday’s clash against NSW Swifts.

The loss to West Coast Fever in front of a home crowd was disappointing but Maddy McAuliffe said the team still has 2 wins under their belt and will be eager for a 3rd come Sunday.

“We were really happy to have the two wins on the road and that was a bit step for us,” McAuliffe said.

“We’re obviously disappointed in the performance on the weekend and it being our first home game as well.

“The first quarter was fantastic but we let ourselves down in the last three.”

After a thorough review of the Fever clash, Lightning had a productive court session on Tuesday, further identifying areas for improvement.

“We had a really good training session and we addressed a lot of things, so we are ready and raring to go for Swifts this weekend,” she said.

Looking to Sunday’s clash against the NSW Swifts, McAuliffe said she was looking forward to a second match at Lightning’s home stadium.

While the Sunshine Coast community rallied around their opponents during the Queensland hub environment in 2020, the midcourter said teams should anticipate a vocal, very loyal Lightning crowd this season.

“The Sunshine Coast crowd is amazing and the stadium has so much noise in it,” she said.

“There’s an aspect that it feels a little like home because they were her last year and our community got behind them in games when we weren’t playing them.

“It’s nice for them to come back this year and experience the full force of the crowd going against them this time.”

Saturday’s game against Fever was the first time in over 12 months that USC Stadium could open its doors to a full Suncorp Super Netball crowd.

Tickets are now available for Lightning v Swifts on Sunday 23 May 2021, from 1pm. Don’t miss out!