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Sunshine Coast Lightning Attacking Areas For Improvement Head On

Key areas for improvement in the Sunshine Coast Lightning’s game were made clear in the 14 point loss to the Melbourne Magpies and Coach Noeline Taurua is wasting no time.

“[We’re] definitely not happy, you don’t want to lose your first game, you don’t want it to become part of normal habit,” Taurua said.

“We weren’t good enough, that’s what happens when you don’t execute or you don’t have ball in hand and put it through the hoop.

“The good thing is there’s some really key areas that have come out of [the game] that we know that we can work on and that is going to help the combination settle in that attacking end.”

The new combination in Lightning’s attack in season 2019 benefited from the game experience, and Taurua has already seen improvements in training.

“We’ve got three different people in that attacking unit and sometimes what we do in training doesn’t expose areas like it does in real life [matches] and it certainly did that,” she continued.

“I’m really pleased with the things that we’ve done over the last couple of days – we came back straight away from Melbourne and went straight into the gym – that got some of the cobwebs out and the emotion out.

“And since then we’ve been toiling away behind the scenes.

“Spirit is still quite high and we know we’ve got to work really hard for this upcoming game.”

The Lightning are set for a grand final rematch on Sunday against the West Coast Fever, with both sides undoubtedly keen to notch their first win for the season.

All four of last year’s finalists lost in round one of 2019, meaning the Suncorp Super Netball league is as competitive as ever.

“It’s quite interesting and fantastic for the competition that the top four lost all the games and vice versa,” Taurua said.

“All teams don’t want to get on the bottom of the table this early so it’s going to put a lot of juice into this game.”

You can watch all the action live from 1pm (AEST) on the Nine Network when the Sunshine Coast Lightning take on West Coast Fever in Perth on Sunday.