Netball Fundamentals Remain Despite New Rules

In Sunshine Coast Lightning’s dominant fourth quarter last week the message was clear – just play netball.

While the Suncorp Super Shot and rolling substitution rules garnered plenty of media attention in the season opener, Head Coach Kylee Byrne took time to instead reinforce the basics.

Lightning ran out the quarter 24 goals to the Queensland Firebirds’ 6 to cement the Round one win.

Goal Attack Steph Wood said that messaging will be carried over into the Collingwood match on Sunday.

“Hopefully we play like we did in that last quarter,” Wood said.

“In the last quarter in the huddle we were like ‘it’s normal netball, we want to keep possession of the ball, and any turnover we get we want to score off it’.

“Once that Super Shot comes in, that’s a bonus. But you can win the game by playing normal netball.”

Consistency within Lightning’s squad of 10 from year to year is also something Wood believes will benefit the group in 2020.

Elevated Training Partners Ash Unie and Binnian Hunt have also been part of Lightning’s elite training environment for a number of years.

Wood said Lightning’s three seasons under both Noeline Taurua and Byrne’s tutelage provide a solid base but 2020 will see Kylee’s imprint add another layer of complexity to the game plan.

“It gives us quite a good platform because we do know how each other plays and how we train, we know the standard we want to set,” she said.

“But I think the really cool thing is Kylee does have a little bit of a different way to coaching than Noels does.

“We are not going to be the same team that we were last year – we have that base, but we can sprinkle Kylee’s Australian way of playing across the group.”

Sunshine Coast Lightning face Collingwood Magpies Netball on Sunday 9 August 2020 from 1pm in the first game of a USC Stadium double header.

Watch the game LIVE on Channel 9 or via the Netball Live official mobile app.