Sun doesn’t shine for Lightning in crosstown clash

The Sunshine Coast Lightning are keen to bounce back quickly after this weekend's loss. (Picture: sunshinecoastlightning.com.au)

A loss at the hands of the Queensland Firebirds was a disappointing result on Sunday afternoon for the Sunshine Coast Lightning, but they are determined to get back on the winner’s list fast.

The Lightning were on the backfoot early in their match against the Firebirds, eventually going down by nine goals.

Coach Kylee Byrne said that the loss was partially due to not playing to their strengths, going into their shells as the Firebirds ran away with the game.

“We knew what kind of style they play, and we let them play [it],” she said.

“Instead of playing our style and doing what we’ve done well, we went away from that and became cautious and apprehensive.”

The Lightning will need to work on their craft ahead of the following week, and Byrne said that they were already looking past today’s result.

“We know we’ve got a fair bit to work on,” she said.

“The general consensus is, enough talk, let’s get some action out there. They want to own it a bit more.”

Kim Ravaillion was in fine form once again for the Firebirds, with 20 goal assists and 26 feeds, walking away with player of the match honours.

Byrne didn’t necessarily agree with the selection, and had a few opinions of her own on Ravaillion’s game.

“I suppose… she got player of the match, I didn’t think she did, but I’d have to go back and have a look at it,” she said.

“I thought when we came back out [in the second half] we shut her out of the game a fair bit. But the move to bring (Lara) Dunkley on really opened Ravi, and her feeders were amazing.

“When she gets that ball in the circle edge, she’s pretty unstoppable, and that’s the really great role she played today.”

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An experiment that did have some success for the Lightning was the combination that saw Maddy McAuliffe in centre for the Lightning.

Byrne went into detail about the move.

“Mads just brings a really great presence through that middle corridor, and she’s a good target to hit,” she said.

“She did a really good job, she’s sort of a trailing centre, she lets someone like Laura Scherian do two or three moves and she fills the space.

“We’ll keep looking at that combination as well.”

One final highlight for the day was shooter Cara Koenen, who scored her 1000th national league goal during the match.

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About Thomas Grattan 92 Articles
Thomas is a journalist whom you'll often see writing and talking all things Aussie Rules. He also writes on a range of other sports including Netball and Basketball.

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