Swifts in attack. Photo: @SuperNetball on twitter

A battle of the titans on the Sunshine Coast and could a Diamonds legend come out of retirement? Netball's top storylines in round four.

Netball’s top storylines never really disappoint – and heading into round four all eyes will be on the Sunshine Coast as Lightning go toe to toe with Swifts in a top of the table clash.

Lightning take on Swifts

Last week, a spirited Sunshine Coast Lightning absolutely took the West Coast Fever’s breath away in a commanding first quarter that had all eyes on the women from the Sunny Coast.

But they failed to close the game out and fell away to a dominant second half from Fever.

Now the question on everyone’s lips is can the Lightning hang with the contenders for the 2021 Suncorp Super Netball title?

The Swifts won the premiership back in 2019 – they know how to get over the line.

And have, so far, been the only team to push Fever all the way in 2021.

The top four battle is set to be a tough one – who finishes where all depends on the early part of the season.

Can the Lightning find a way to stop imposing Swifts goaler Sam Wallace? (I mean, Lightning have Karla on the court so the ball needs to get to Sam first…)

Or will it be another fast start and poor finish from the home team to allow the Swifts ahead?

Either way, the loser of this match is likely to have the wounded Fever breathing down their necks in the next few weeks – wins are vital in the early stages.

And let’s hope all goal keepers stay where they belong…

Will Madi Browne’s Victorian Netball League appearance spur on a comeback?

Madi Browne broke netball hearts when she retired.

Then this happened…

And then a few months later this happened….

Netball fans were sad that Madi wouldn’t connect with fellow Aussie Donnell Wallam on court in 2021, but could understand rehab would come first.

So, we continued our lives in a non-Madi Browne era until this happened…

Now, it is no secret that Vixens have had a problem in the front end.

They are yet to settle on who will play Goal Attack and when, and they have had some problems with moving the ball out of the midcourt.

As the gang from The Goal Circle podcast said they don’t look like they trust each other.

The first option is not always getting the ball.

Now, we don’t want to say THIS IS happening, but would a Madi Browne comeback fix the Vixens’ stagnant attack or are we dreamin’?

Tune into Super Netball this weekend from 3pm Saturday as Magpies take on Firebirds (broadcast by Channel 9).

The Thunderbirds host Fever at 7pm on Saturday (Telstra TV) before the match of the round between Sunshine Coast and NSW Swifts on Sunday from 1pm (Channel 9).

The weekend is rounded out when Vixens hosts Giants from 3pm on Sunday (Telstra TV).

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