Lightning tests sore bodies against Suncoast Lynx
NETBALL: Sunshine Coast Lightning's squad will receive a well-earned break this weekend, as head coach Noeline Taurua manages some tired bodies after five pre-season matches.
The coach admits there is some niggles starting to creep into the squad after two consecutive double-headers and a recent practice match against the Firebirds in Brisbane.
Lightning was on court yesterday for a training run against the Coast's Queensland State Netball League side, Suncoast Lynx.
"I think it's great because some of our players have been through the Lynx system so it's once again about getting out and about in the community and that pathway is really important to us,” Taurua said.
Lightning players Laura Scherian and Steph Wood are both graduates of the Lynx academy.
With players like Madeline McAuliffe, and the side's four training partners without experience in the nation's top-flight competition, Taurua said there was plenty of improvement to come.
"I still think there's a gap for them to be better athletes and better netballers, I'm not hiding away from that,” Taurua said.
"You can only learn to be better when you're out on the court and they're showing progression and development.”
She said this weekend would be a good chance to recoup and recover.
"We'll use this weekend wisely, not necessarily lick our wounds but we start to prepare for next weekend against Southern Steel ... we want to make sure by next week that we have all our routines in place,” she said.
Goal attack Steph Wood was sidelined for most of yesterday's session as she continues to battle a niggling knee injury. Mid-courter Kelsey Browne sent a minor scare through the camp when she went down grasping at her ankle. It was later confirmed by the club physio that she had suffered no significant damage.
Assistant coach Kylee Byrne backed Taurua's thoughts that sluggish starts had cost Lightning so far in its practice matches against Swifts, Vixens and the Firebirds.
However, she wasn't too concerned with the scoreboard results.
"The initial reaction was on the scoreboard we didn't end up where we wanted to but once we reviewed, looked at the stats and video, the consenus was it wasn't as bad as it seemed.”
Lightning next takes to the court for two matches against Southern Steel at the University of the Sunshine Coast Stadium on February 10 and 12.