Saturday’s match is shaping up to be a netball masterclass according to Assistant Coach Chris Voge, who believes the Sunshine Coast Lightning and NSW Swifts showdown will provide netball fans with a clinical, fast-paced display.
A friendly rivalry has been built between the 2 sides, with games often going down to the wire and Voge said there is excitement building towards another epic battle come Saturday.
“A Swifts – Lightning game is something we really look forward to,” Voge said.
“They play a possession game similar to ours, so I think we can expect a lot of attacking netball, ball movement, some creative play by both teams – I think It will be an exciting match.
“What will be important is how we stop them, how we slow them down, how we do our hard defensive efforts, how we counteract Swifts and how we limit their opportunities going into this game.”
The win-loss record continues to change hands between the 2 sides in recent outings, with Lightning boasting the latest win in Round 4 of this year.
The result of this match becomes increasingly important in regards to final ladder standings ahead of finals.
The lead in to Lightning’s defeat over GIANTS Netball saw the players make a pact to increase training intensity even further and push their teammates as though they were opponents on game day.
Voge said that accountability has only increased from players throughout the week.
“At training this week we were proud of the group that they discussed pushing each other, our defenders getting right on top of the attackers and vice versa and not giving an inch to each other as teammates,” she said.
“Because as we get on the court on a weekend or during games the other team won’t give an inch.
“We are really replicating the game in our training scenarios and the more we can do that the better prepared we will be.”
The comprehensive range of combinations in Lightning’s arsenal also pleased Voge, with the team’s growing depth increasing the collective strength of the group.
Kate Shimmin and Peace Proscovia both delivering in the GIANTS win after beginning on the bench was testament to that.
“That’s the bit as coaches we sit back and go, ‘that’s what all the hard work is for’,” she said.
“We have a diverse group of athletes, it’s not just the 7, we need the full 10 and training partners all at the ready whenever they are needed, especially in another year with covid playing havoc on our competition.
“It is so rewarding and important.”
Lightning take on NSW Swifts on Saturday 7 August at Nissan Arena in the final game of the regular season before finals.
While Queensland’s lockdown due to COVID-19 precludes crowds at the match, Members and fans can watch the game live via Channel 9 from 12:30pm.