Sunshine Coast Lightning got the Suncorp Super Netball League Indigenous Round underway with a masterclass performance against Collingwood Magpies.
The Lightning kept the Magpies to their lowest-ever score with a dominant 64-41 win at the University of Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday.
Magpies claimed a convincing 57-43 win over the Lightning in Round 1 and it was clear the hosts were out for revenge right from the first centre pass.
Lightning took an early lead midway through the opening quarter, thanks to great finishing skills of goal shooter Peace Proscovia who shot 11-of-13 in the quarter and goal defender Karla Pretorius who made three key intercepts.
The Magpies made a comeback late in the quarter but trailed 15-13 at the first break with Lightning taking the first bonus point.
Magpies continued the surge in the second quarter to bring the scores to level in early but Steph Wood, the Lightning goal attack, had an impressive first half finding a great balance between feeding into Proscovia and taking her own shots, helping the Lightning to a six-goal (31-25) halftime lead.
Magpies lack of discipline as the intensity went up began to cost them with their penalty count nearly doubling the Lightning’s after three quarters. The Lightning capitalised on these opportunities handed to them, stretching their lead to 13 (48-35) at the end of the third quarter.
Lightning scored 16 goals in the fourth quarter while Magpies scored just six goals to finish the match with no Suncorp Super Netball premiership points.
Lightning who are second on the table with 43 points, ten behind leaders NSW Swifts, take on West Coast Fever on Saturday, June 22 before the league takes a four week break for the World Cup.
Lightning Starting 7: GS – Peace Proscovia, GA – Steph Wood, WA – Laura Scherian, C – Laura Langman, WD – Maddy McAuliffe, GD – Karla Pretorius, GK – Phumza Maweni