Sunshine Coast Lightning: 51 DEF Collingwood Magpies Netball: 50
Our Round 5 match was truly nail-biting as the Sunshine Coast Lightning took the win in the last few seconds with the Magpies going down 51-50 in Brisbane on Saturday night.
With just 90 seconds left on the clock, our Magpies felt confident leading by two goals.
The last three seconds proved brutal however when Lightning Goal Shooter, Caitlin Bassett scored the winning goal.
Magpies Senior Coach, Kristy Keppich-Birrell said, “It definitely felt like a game that was winnable and we let it get away in the last few minutes.”
“We’ve got to put the scoreboard pressure on. We’ve been saying it for awhile but we’ve got to do it now.”
The match was the second of the double-header at the Brisbane Entertainment and Convention Centre that saw a crowd of 6,100.
The match began with Lightning star, Laura Langman placed into Wing Defence with the aim to shut down Madi Robinson. In the first few minutes of the second quarter however Langman was forced off court and taken to hospital with a dislocated finger.
Langman’s departure allowed Robinson to fully deliver, providing a total of 12 feeds and 4 goal assists to see the Magpies lead 29-26 at half-time.
Lightning skipper, Geva Mentor’s fantastic footwork saw her achieve seven deflections. But this did not stop Caitlin Thwaites who continued to shine, only missing three goals from her 45 attempts.
Sharni Layton stunted Bassett as she produced some great intercepts and restricted Bassett to only 38 goals, her lowest total of the season.
Keppich-Birrell is particularly pleased with the performance of her defending side, praising Wing Defence Ash Brazill for her fantastic and consistent work rate.
She also commended the growing partnership between Layton and Goal Defender, April Brandley which she says “is truly exciting to watch.”
The win means the Lightning retain their position as third on the ladder, whilst the Magpies sit fifth.
Round 6 sees another away game in Sydney as the Magpies take on the NSW Swifts.
Keppich-Birrell notes “They’re not going to be a light opposition…we are looking to break their combinations and spilt the game by putting the foot down…”
The Round 6 clash with the Swifts will take place in Sydney on Sunday 26 March at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, 1pm.
Watch the game live on the Telstra App.