Round 1 – MAG v LIG
Collingwood Magpies v Sunshine Coast Lightning
Saturday 27 April | 5:30pm AEST | Melbourne Arena
Broadcast: Live on Telstra TV and Netball Live App
Sunshine Coast Lightning have headed south to take on the Collingwood Magpies in Round 1 of Suncorp Super Netball this Saturday.
Lightning will be set to face a Magpies outfit that comes in full of confidence and one set to make their mark in the competition after winning the Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup last month.
The last time the two met was back in round 11 of last year’s season where Lightning claimed a two-goal victory however, with the team line ups changing in both camps including a new coach for Collingwood the clash will sure to be an exciting one.
With the addition of Ugandan goal shooter Peace Proscovia and South African goal keeper Phumza Maweni as well as the return of midcourt powerhouse Laura Langman, Lightning will be set to strike again in season three.
This Saturday’s match will also be the first occasion Geva Mentor and Kelsey Browne will face off against their former team with Lightning head coach Noeline Taurua curious to see what Mentor and Browne would offer in opposition colours.
“We’re looking forward to playing Collingwood and playing them on their home soil and (are) equally interested to see how both Geva and Kesley have integrated into their systems,” she said.
“They will definitely add value to Collingwood. We know their value obviously because they have been part of our set-up for the last couple of years.
“They will definitely strengthen that side so that’s going to be interesting as to whether Collingwood are able to bring combinations together.”
Well aware of Mentor and Browne’s attributes, Taurua said Lightning was more focused on tackling the Magpies as a whole with the side packing plenty of hurdles.
“Right throughout the court Collingwood has been synonymous with the individual players they have and I think that all of them are either past or current Diamonds, so it’s hard.
“Our focus is not really to look at one person but looking at how we can change timing or the rhythm of the unit and doing core work on the unit to shut the unit down.”