Taurua Glad To Secure Win Over Clinical Swifts

A late momentum swing secured a two-goal win for Sunshine Coast Lightning against the NSW Swifts on Saturday, but it’s a victory that Coach Noeline Taurua is not taking for granted.

Lightning were awarded six of a possible eight bonus points and while not enough to overtake the leaders on the ladder, it was enough to remain in second spot.

“[I’m] really pleased that we are able to come out with the points and it’s no mean feat against the Swifts,” Taurua said.

“I actually thought they played really well, they were very clinical and as we know, when they did keep the ball they were able to take it down from one end to the other.”

Lightning found themselves in a six-goal deficit early in the fourth quarter, however the side continued to work away in defence and eventually began to make gains.

Capitalising on their teammates’ persistence out of defence, Peace Proscovia and Cara Koenen combined to shoot seven of a possible eight consecutive goals, to give the home side a two goal buffer with four minutes remaining.

Swifts fought back hard, but Lightning extended the margin back out to two goals as the final whistle sounded, thanks to Steph Wood.

“I feel when we do create in the defence end in regards to getting off the body, getting the ball lifted, we are quite deadly but that’s probably an area we need to keep working on or improving,” she said.

“Attack end – there were some really lovely plays… but [as a unit] we weren’t as tight as we have been in the past.

“When we needed to come together we did and the great thing is everyone contributed.”

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