Lightning set to grow from loss
NETBALL: Sunshine Coast goal defence Karla Pretorius is hopeful the Lightning will hit the court as a much-improved outfit this weekend having learned from their mistakes against Swifts.
After fighting back from a first quarter deficit of 19-9, the Lightning eventually went down to Swifts 59-56 on Sunday.
Pretorius said the first quarter had left the Lightning on the back foot but that the game was ultimately a "great learning experience" for the squad moving forward.
They'll host the Giants at USC Stadium this Saturday and Pretorius said the Lightning were committed to making less mistakes on court.
She believed their recent loss, although disappointing, had provided a silver lining.
"Out of a loss like that you learn so much and we're just trying to identify those areas (that need improving) and as individuals I look at myself and others look at themselves," she said. "It (loss) was definitely beneficial and needed and we're all on board and ready to make sure we have a better performance this weekend."
Pretorius has been a dominant force in defence for the Lightning this season, but said she "wasn't fully satisfied" with her efforts in round seven.
But, she's not getting down about it and was instead using it as motivation to get stronger.
"I reckon my game against Swifts was pretty average," she said.
"You don't want get into a comfort zone and you always want to improve and make sure you are better the next time around so that's maybe just an eye opener (for me)," she said.
She believed the Lightning was putting the hard work in at training, but needed to trust each other and the process.
"That's what we've done this season is put in really good training and we just need to have faith in that and limit those mistakes," she said.
Coach Noeline Taurua said the Coast side was mostly playing well but small lapses were proving costly and needed to be stamped out of the game.
She said her outfit needed to retain ball and feed it to the shooters more efficiently.
"I know that sounds simple but sometimes we get caught up in the pressure that the opposition is putting on us and don't deliver or execute and it results in stupid turnovers so those are the little things that are going to make the difference and we've got to be better," she said.