Russell Relishing Rotational Duties

Being substituted on in clutch moments, expected to make an immediate impact, is no easy task but it’s a challenge that Jacqui Russell is enjoying.

The wing defence has seen increased game time in the past three rounds and has contributed to some influential pieces of play for the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

“It’s always good to get out on court, I feel like I’ve performed quite well when I’ve had the chance, so that’s good for my confidence and it’s good for a change up in a game like that,” Russell said.

The diversity in the Lightning line-up has never been clearer than in their round six clash with Vixens with all ten players seeing time on court and multiple positional changes occurring.

Russell believes the team’s ability to restructure multiple positions is nothing but an advantage going forward.

“When things aren’t going in our favour and we are maybe getting a little frustrated sometimes a little change – whether it be with our own structures on court or a different person coming into the game – can make enough difference to lift us a little bit.

“I’ve been enjoying that game time this year.”

With five Lightning players expected to take part in the World Cup, having each of Russell, Cara Koenen and Ani Lee-Jones champing at the bit for game time and a starting spot will only make Lightning stronger.