Wood: Full Crowd Can Change Game
Vice Captain Steph Wood is calling on Members and fans to turn up in full voice when Sunshine Coast Lightning take on West Coast Fever this Saturday night at USC Stadium.
Marking the first home game for 2021, it is also the first time since 2019 that Lightning have been able to host a full crowd of 3,000.
In fact, the last time Lightning played to a capacity crowd at USC Stadium was the memorable Major Semi Final defeat over NSW Swifts in 2019, whereby an unrelenting crowd helped will the team over the line to qualify for their third consecutive Grand Final.
“When you can pack this out with 3,000 it is absolutely insane, they are the 8th player,” Wood said.
“We’ve always said we are a community team, we don’t play just for ourselves – we play for the Sunshine Coast community and we want to be a team for them.
“We would love to have this stadium packed out because it definitely can change a game.”
Last week Lightning were on the receiving end of a crowd-prompted Melbourne Vixens comeback.
While Lightning were able to hold onto the lead and take the win, the change in momentum – aided by Vixens supporters – did make Lightning Head Coach Kylee Byrne excited for this week’s return home.
“We know how loud and passionate our supporters can be and we need everyone to come out this week – we want to hear your voices, we need that lift,” Byrne said.
“You talk of home court advantage but this is the perfect case – let’s come and throw everything at Fever not just on the court but off the court as well.”
Sunshine Coast Lightning will go head-to-head with West Coast Fever on Saturday 15 May 2021 from 7pm. Don’t miss out! Tickets are now available.