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Monday, 15 May 2017

3 Things We Learnt: Sunshine Coast Lightning

We continue to be one of the highest feeding teams in the competition
Our feeding numbers continue to impress, as we recorded another 86 on Friday night, compared to the Lightning’s 76. It’s an indication of the hard-work and ability to find the circle’s edge from Ingrid Colyer and Verity Charles who both recorded 30 feeds each, while Nat Medhurst added 18 herself. As a team, we have only dipped below 75 feeds twice this season (Round 5 and Round 10), while both Charles and Colyer have recorded 30 feeds or more in the past fortnight. 

We addressed our opening quarter issues
After a slow start against the Swifts the week prior, we had a focus to ensure history wouldn’t repeat against the Lightning; and it didn’t. We started in hot fashion, scoring six of the first seven goals of the match to open up a five goal buffer. The Lightning clawed their way back into the contest in the final 10 minutes of the opening term to level the scores at quarter time. Jess Anstiss, Stacey Francis and Courtney Bruce all recorded interceptions in the opening term, while we only committed nine penalties to the Lightning’s 17. 

Congratulations to our latest debutant
Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich turned to her bench to start the final term, with Jess Eales pulling the Wing Defence bib on, marking her official West Coast Fever debut. Eales was elevated to the senior squad following Shannon Eagland’s season ending ACL injury in Round 4 against the Melbourne Vixens. While she was only on the court for a short period of time, Eales recorded a deflection.

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