Competitive court time proves beneficial for Lightning

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West Coast Fever and Collingwood Magpies provided quality opposition for Sunshine Coast Lightning this fortnight and Head Coach Kylee Byrne says the competitive court time will only benefit the team.

“I think the accumulation of the last two weeks has been really great and just what we needed, we certainly got what we wanted out of all four games,” Byrne said.

“Another aspect of playing these four games back-to-back is to see where we were physically, so how match fitness held up, particularly the strength of body.

“In the off season we did a lot of gym work to be stronger in the air, the fact that one we got away with no injuries, and we were able to hold our own is a real positive.”

Byrne was buoyant about how Lightning transitioned the ball from defense against Collingwood Magpies at the weekend.

Although the coach highlighted the need to finesse the team’s attacking ball movement in the coming weeks.

“There are certain aspects of our game that we wanted to test, our centre pass attack we probably need to work on, so we’ve come home with some focusses in the attacking side of our game, but I was really happy with our defensive side,” she said.

“We had a lot of gains in the game on Saturday against Collingwood, and we saw players like Karla Pretorius back to her best and Phumza Maweni had a really good weekend.

“We are getting ball, it’s now just making sure we shoot from it.”

With the Club’s first two pre-season opponents behind them, Lightning will take an introspective approach in the leadup to the Suncorp Team Girls Cup, focusing on their own game strategy and structures.

“We’ve got about four weeks to consolidate everything we’ve brought back from on court, tactically and technically,” she said.

“We are just going to knuckle down now and look after ourselves, look after our own game plans and hopefully take that all in another test in months’ time in Sydney.”

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