Thunderbird Goalers Beware Of In Form Pretorius
A rotating shooting circle has Sunshine Coast Lightning Captain Karla Pretorius preparing for all options ahead of Sunday’s clash against Adelaide Thunderbirds.
All 3 of Thunderbirds’ goalers in Lenize Potgieter, Samantha Gooden and Georgie Horjus are capable of causing the opposition headaches in any 1 game.
Both Pretorius and fellow defender Phumza Maweni have inside knowledge on fellow South African international Potgieter, having played side by side for SPAR Proteas.
However Gooden is making a name for herself as a Super Goal specialist and currently leads the league in that area, including 5 last week against West Coast Fever.
“Their shooting combination has real depth with all three shooters that can step onto the court and they all bring something different,” Pretorius said.
“It’s about how we can shut them down both going into the circle and then inside.”
The ability to adapt within games has been a focus for Lightning in recent weeks and the test will again come on Sunday and not just in the defence end.
Both sides boast positional flexibility and have used rolling substitutions to their benefit across the court.
“You can never underestimate any team in this competition but we are focused on what we need to do as a team,” Pretorius said.
“We really worked hard during the week before our game against the Swifts.
“We’ve taken the same approach this week, so we’re as prepared as possible for the game against Thunderbirds.”
Head Coach Kylee Byrne anticipates Thunderbirds will start strongly, as they have in the past 2 weeks.
Lightning’s most recent clash saw them grind out a win against NSW Swifts but Byrne said that style of game suits her side and she anticipates Sunday will reflect that.
“Our team like that challenge – going goal to goal, who is going to break, who is going to put the foot down,” Byrne said.
“To come out on the better end of it against the Swifts is a perfect setup for this week.
“I think the Thunderbirds will be the same and I think we will go toe to toe for a little, but I’d like to see us put the foot down and push out a lead.”
Lightning will take on Adelaide Thunderbirds in South Australia on Sunday from 1pm, with the game broadcast on Channel 9.