BIG GAME: Sunshine Coast coach Noeline Taurua says the Lightning will keep things simple when they take on Collingwood Magpies in the season-opener on Saturday.
BIG GAME: Sunshine Coast coach Noeline Taurua says the Lightning will keep things simple when they take on Collingwood Magpies in the season-opener on Saturday. Patrick Woods

Lightning to stay grounded for match

NETBALL: After a mammoth pre-season, Sunshine Coast coach Noeline Taurua says it's important for the Lightning to remain grounded when the first centre pass comes.

The Sippy Downs-based outfit has endured a 24-week pre-season and will finally get their Super Netball season under way on Saturday when they travel to take on Collingwood Magpies.

They've worked hard on court and in the gym, participated in pre-season clashes and welcomed in new talent throughout that time.

"We've been in pre-season mode since 12th of November so it's a very long time between training and having pre-season games so we're really looking forward to getting out on court,” Taurua said.

Although itching for the occasion to come, Taurua has urged her charges to remain focused on the task at hand and to not get over excited.

"Our intention is to keep it as simple as possible and keep possession of the ball, even though it may look ugly at times.

"(We've got to) Make sure that we can get the ball and put it through the hoop so we've got to be quite patient in what we do and be as grounded as possible.

"Especially when there is a lot of hype and excitement around the first games, we've got to make sure that we've prepared as much as possible, probably more mentally.”

While the Lightning have already battled most clubs during practice matches and the #TeamGirls Cup in the off-season Taurua said the first few rounds would provide a more realistic benchmark of the competition's contenders.

"From this game we will know how we are tracking and it'll be great to view all the other opposition as well at the start of the competition so I can't wait to get out on court,” she said.

"I think over the next two rounds we will have a clearer understanding of what we need to do in regards to our game plan working or not and obviously the results as well.”



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