Loss gives Lightning jolt ahead of Magpies match-up
NETBALL: Sunshine Coast star Laura Langman says a soul-searching session in the wake of the heavy loss to the Melbourne Vixens does not mean the Lightning are panicking ahead of Saturday's clash with Collingwood.
The league-leading Vixens thumped the Lightning 70-59 in Melbourne last Saturday night as the Sunshine Coast fell to just their second loss of their inaugural season.
The Lightning must back up again in the Victorian capital with the in-form Magpies looking to extend their winning streak to four games to reinforce their place in the Super Netball top four.
Langman said the review of the loss to the Vixens was honest and comprehensive but the Lightning had faith in the tried-and-tested methods that have put them in the frame for finals netball with seven wins and a draw from 10 outings.
"We had a massive session at the start of the week just about where everyone was at and it was probably quite timely," Langman said.
"We had a mini-review going on as well as lots of feedback getting thrown around but we have also stuck to our processes this week and I'm sure the product will take care of itself.
"Collingwood will be hard to beat. They've found some momentum with three wins in a row coming out of the bye and their leaders have really stepped it up.
"They are showing the form that people predicted at the start of the year so it will be a tough battle."
The normally stingy Lightning defence was picked apart by the Vixens and Langman said the Sunshine Coast would be more aggressive without the ball this weekend.
"The Vixens were very clinical, very patient and extremely accurate and we must create opportunities to turn the ball over," she said.
"Our numbers and structures looked really good before that but it just goes to show that there's been a big step up in the competition after the bye."
The Firebirds will meet the Vixens in the first game of a double-header at Hisense Arena to be followed by the showdown between the Sunshine Coast and Collingwood.