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Why Lightning’s Third Grand Final Holds Same Weight As First

Sunshine Coast Lightning may be headed into their third consecutive Grand Final but Laura Scherian maintains it’s just as special as the first.

For the Minor Premiers it has been business as usual at training this week – right down to a practice match on Sunday afternoon.

While their intraclub game may not have any bearing on the Grand Final result, the team recognised a need to replicate next week as closely as possible.

“We’ll maintain our level of fitness and training – it’s the same process as what we’ll want to do next week,” Scherian said.

“We’ll still have a practice game on the weekend, have the same amount of training and fitness -continuing to roll us into next week.”

Meanwhile their opponents in either NSW Swifts or Melbourne Vixens will have a lot more to play for come Sunday in the elimination Preliminary Final.

The camp is divided in their predictions of who will line up against Lightning in a fortnight, but for now the attention remains on their own game plan and being best prepared.

“At the moment we’re just concentrating on ourselves, we’re so excited to be in finals and there’s definitely a great vibe around the Club,” she said.

Whether win or lose, a defining moment will arise when the final whistle blows, marking the end of inaugural Head Coach Noeline Taurua’s reign.

Scherian said the best way the team can honour their departing coach is by treating the game like any other.

“I don’t think we need any extra motivation to win a grand final but of course it will be special,” she said.

“Noels has been amazing for this Club and an important part of this Club, but she’d just want us to concentrate on the game, so we’ll do that for her.”

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