Sunshine Coast Lightning battled it out against the Collingwood Magpies tonight in First Nations round but fell short by six points.

The Lightning home crowd were as vocal as ever, backing their team until the final whistle.

Lightning Head Coach Kylee Byrne said the game was really important to the entire team as they wanted to reward the fans at the last home game of the 2022 season.

“It was an extra special motivation for us. Prior to the game we talked a lot about the fact that this was our last opportunity to play in front of family and Members, and the Sunshine Coast crowd who have stood by us all year,” she said.

“It meant something extra special for us today and I think that’s the disappointing thing is that we couldn’t get that win for the fans.

“The excitement and support from our fans is probably the most encouraging thing. Everyone can see the potential in this group and everyone still talks about what they’re capable of.

“While the disappointment is still there within the team, we know that there are things that are coming.”

Collingwood Magpies came out firing in the second quarter, opening the score by up to seven points, but Lightning clawed themselves back in it to finish the half down by one.

While the home side sunk a number of Super Shots to keep them in the game, they weren’t able to convert in the crucial moments.

Next week Lightning will head into their last week of training before a big match against GIANTS in Sydney, and they’ll be doing everything they can to disrupt the home side.

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