Pre-Season Intensity Lifts As Game Time Draws Near

A new month coincides with a new focus in training for Sunshine Coast Lightning, with Head Coach Kylee Byrne excited to inject more game strategy into their training sessions in February.

Getting comfortable again with ball in hand was the main priority in January and Byrne was impressed with how quickly the players regained touch.

“That’s January done and it was a real focus on ball skills,” Byrne said.

“They came in better than what I expected.

“I thought we would have to spend a couple more weeks keeping ball in hand and practising that execution of fine skills but they are going well.

“We are going to progress to some court strategy this week in preparation for some pre-season matches.”

Netball Australia today announced the return of the Suncorp Team Girls Cup pre-season tournament which will be held in Sydney in March.

The round robin competition will see three days of competitive netball between the 27th – 29th March 2020, with all eight Suncorp Super Netball sides coming together for the first time this year.

Lightning have also announced two additional pre-season hitouts, so far. One against West Coast Fever on 21 February 2020 at USC Stadium, open exclusively to members.

The second sees the team travel south to Tasmania to take on the Collingwood Magpies, with tickets now available to purchase here.

With a number of pre-season games looming, midcourter Laura Scherian said the playing group was itching to get out on court in a competitive showing.

“We can’t wait for those pre-season matches not roll around that’s for sure,” Scherian said.

“We are looking forward to those games and can’t wait to get out on court properly with each other.”

Scherian continues to lead by example in regards to training standards this pre-season and is reaping the rewards for staying on top of her conditioning during the break.

“I am feeling really good – we’ve been doing some good work in the gym and we are feeling nice and fit and fast, and ready to get out there and play some netball,” Scherian said.

New training resources, as well as the upgraded USC gym facilities, have benefited the team’s 2020 preparations and the midcourter said it has added an extra level of energy and competitiveness at training.

“It’s been so good for all of us to get back on court and we are pushing out some good court sessions and enjoying them,” she said.

“We have a few new toys out there to play with, so we are having heaps of fun.”

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