Collingwood Magpies Netball v Sunshine Coast Lightning
After securing their first win of the 2018 season, the Magpies will host the defending champions, the Sunshine Coast Lightning, at Margaret Court Arena on Sunday afternoon in round four action.
The Lightning are yet to register a victory, but don’t be fooled, as they've been in every contest right until the end, with their biggest losing margin at only three goals.
And as has been the trend in the first three rounds, this game will be fast-paced, and the team who capitalises on their opportunities early, will walk away with the four (and bonus) points.
In round three, the Magpies recorded their first winning score, defeating the Adelaide Thunderbirds by 20 goals at Hisense Arena.
Caitlin Thwaites was prolific in goals, shooting 55/57 at 96 per cent accuracy.
In the mid-court, Madi Robinson (32 goal assists) and Shae Brown (22 goal assists) worked tirelessly, while defender Sharni Layton put together her best game since the semi-final last year.
Meanwhile, the Lightning found themselves on the wrong side of a one-goal difference at the end of their match against the league-leading West Coast Fever.
Caitlin Bassett was strong in attack (33/39), while the defensive duo of Karla Pretorious and Geva Mentor combined for six interceptions.
Round 10, 2017 - Collingwood Magpies (49) defeated by Sunshine Coast Lightning (56) at Hisense Arena in Melbourne.
“On paper, the Lightning haven’t won a game; but they have an amazing coach and the players on the court are phenomenal,” Magpies coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell said of her team's upcoming opposition.
“They are going to be a force to be reckoned with at Margaret Court Arena on Sunday.
“The focus on this week will be to limit the Lightning’s mid-court and the effectiveness of their players.
“They have C-Bass and Steph Wood up forward and we have to make sure we limit the supply to them. We also have to keep Geva accountable in defence.”
Round 4 – Magpies Netball v Sunshine Coast Lightning
Date: Sunday, May 20
Time: 1.00pm (AEST)
Venue: Margaret Court Arena
Gates open: 11:30am
Broadcaster: Channel 9 and Telstra TV
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