ON COURT: Kelsey Browne during the Round 7 Super Netball match between the NSW Swifts and the Sunshine Coast Lightning in Sydney.
ON COURT: Kelsey Browne during the Round 7 Super Netball match between the NSW Swifts and the Sunshine Coast Lightning in Sydney. CRAIG GOLDING

Lightning to reassess game preparations after Swifts ambush

NETBALL: Sunshine Coast assistant coach Kylee Byne says they will re-evaluate their preparation for away games after they were ambushed in Sydney on Sunday.

The Lightning were caught in a first-quarter blitz by the Swifts in their Super Netball round seven clash and trailed 19-9 at the break.

They rallied to take a one-goal lead late in the third term before ultimately succumbing to a 59-56 defeat.

"In the end it is a pretty disappointing loss," Byrne said.

"You can't lose one quarter by 10 goals. It certainly doesn't set you up. You're not in a good position. The fact that we had that first quarter, we were chasing the whole game.

"That wasn't the position we wanted to be in.

"We're proud of the girls that they fought back well (but) you just can't put yourself in that position to be so far down."

Winning on the road has become a tough task for all teams in the competition.

"We had a pretty comprehensive debrief after the game about how it all felt," she said.

"We had been at home for a few weeks (before the Swifts game) so just getting on top of that travel and just the little things ... taking into all the considerations of not being at home."

The Lightning will analyse their lead-up to away games, to avoid being caught out again.

"We're going to look over everyone's preparation as well and make sure we're doing everything right," she said.

They'll also work on getting turnover ball, which is something that eluded them when it mattered most in the game on Sunday.

"When we really needed someone to put up their hand and take an couple of intercepts or just put that pressure on, we just didn't have that which is something we will work on this week," Byrne said.

Caitlin Bassett scored 34 goals from 36 attempts while Stephanie Wood nabbed 22 from 25.

For the Swifts, most valuable player Sam Wallace bagged 43 from 45 and Helen Housby shot 16 from 19.

Lightning centre Laura Scherian regained her groove.

"I thought Laura actually had her best game of the year," Byrne said.

"Her connection into the circles, feeding and goal assists was very high this week.

"She was able to find some really good space and hit that circle edge which is exactly what we've been working on so it was good to see Laura back into some form."

Byrne also praised Wood for taking some pressure off Bassett "who was certainly having a very physical time inside that circle."

The Lightning claimed two bonus points and are sixth of eight teams through seven of 14 rounds.

"(The ladder is) still very congested from the top to seventh," Byrne said.

"We have three of the top four (teams) in the next three weeks so we need to start getting the points for the wins back on the board."

They will next meet Giants at Sippy Downs on Saturday, re-igniting a rivalry.

The Lightning beat the Sydney-based side in last year's grand final to cap a memorable maiden year in the national league.

"It's going to be a huge game. The grand final is still on everyone's mind considering it was a year ago today (Sunday)," Byrne said.

"We did have a bit of a chat about what that means to the club.

"It will be great, particularly after they snatched that win from us in the first round (this year), if we can get the win next weekend. It would will certainly go a long way to keeping us in that top four."


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