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Swifts’ Attack Front Of Mind For Pretorius

A top of the table clash awaits Sunshine Coast Lightning on Saturday night against NSW Swifts and Karla Pretorius believes the team will benefit from the additional week training back as a group.

After being named Player of the Tournament in the Vitality Netball World Cup, Pretorius’s focus has quickly shifted back to her Super Netball commitments and to this week’s opposition.

“They are a quality side and they’re top of the table,” Pretorius said.

“They’ve been consistent throughout the competition, so it’s a good opportunity for us to build on our combinations and structures and see where we’re at.”

In Lightning’s round four two point defeat over Swifts, the Vice Captain impressed with eight gains and six intercepts but Pretorius is still wary of the side’s well-drilled attacking unit.

“Sam Wallace and Helen Housby are two dangerous players in the goal circle and the combination they form is quite good,” Pretorius said.

“We have our work cut out [for us] against them.

“If we can put pressure on that combination, then hopefully it can put pressure on their whole team.”

Pretorius and dual Lightning / South Africa goal keeper Phumza Maweni more recently faced both Housby (England) and Wallace (Trinidad and Tobago) in the World Cup.

The round 11 clash is the second since returning from international duties, with Lightning defeating Queensland rivals the Firebirds by two points in Brisbane last weekend.

The Firebirds may be winless this season with just two draws, but their string of performances indicate that their ladder standing doesn’t show the full picture.

“We didn’t underestimate [Firebirds] at all,” she said.

“We’re not reading too much into [the close margin], we’re looking forward to the next game coming up.”

See Lightning take on the Swifts at USC Stadium this Saturday 3 August at 7pm. Secure your tickets now to avoid disappointment.