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Turning Possession Into Scoreboard Pressure Priority For Lightning

Capitalising on all scoring opportunities will be front of mind for Sunshine Coast Lightning against a well-drilled GIANTS Netball side this week.

Assistant Coach Kylee Byrne said this week’s opposition don’t give up possession easily, so whenever an opportunity presents itself, Lightning must convert.

“Once we get a ball, we have to score from it,” Byrne said.

“Coming up against the GIANTS and then [next week] Vixens, they don’t lose too many balls, so as soon as we get it in our hands, we have to score from it.

“This week we’ve been working really hard on both ends of the court combining and linking together.”

The Karla Pretorius / Phumza Maweni combination lifted against NSW Swifts last weekend and was an impetus for the team’s fourth quarter comeback, creating a number of offensive plays from defence.

But Maweni knows this Saturday brings with it a new opposition and a new set of challenges.

“This weekend is not going to be easy, it’s a different game,” Maweni said.

“We need to focus on our game plan and what we want to implement to make sure we keep the ball in hand and we convert.

“We need to focus and make it count.”

While Lightning are still in the race for the minor Premiership, the result of Saturday’s game could see GIANTS fall out of the top four entirely – adding even more heat to this weekend’s match.

Last time the two sides met Lightning ran away with a 11-goal win, despite a slow start in the first game back at the redeveloped USC Stadium.