Lightning to pile on the pressure in Super Netball decider
NETBALL: Sunshine Coast assistant coach Kylee Byrne says her side will pile the pressure on Greater Western Sydney when they collide in the Super Netball grand final.
The Giants eased into the decider by thumping minor premier Vixens 65-57 last weekend.
But Byrne believed Melbourne was far from its best on that occasion and warned GWS that it won't be afforded the same sort of leeway on Saturday.
"The Giants weren't under any pressure (by the Vixens) at all in terms of finals netball...but now they're going to come to us and we will put them under pressure," she said.
"They were able to get through that game and execute what they wanted to without a great lot of pressure but we're going to really step that up this week."
Byrne believed that margin of victory had led many to label the Giants as the team to beat at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
But she said a string of close victories this season had moulded the Lightning into a hardened outfit which simply knows how to win.
"That's been a really key message for us and our players. We know how to work out of hard situations and (compete) under pressure so I think that's a real strength for us."
Bookmakers still have the Sunshine Coast as a slight favourite for the encounter - it did finish the regular season in second place above the Giants and edged the Vixens in the major semi-final to get a week off and a berth in the decider - but the Giants have more grand final experience in its ranks.
Five of its players have won premierships.
Three amid the Lightning have previously tasted success, including Laura Langman, Geva Mentor (twice) and Erena Mikaere.
Midcourter Langman's been in four deciders so has some tips for her less experienced team-mates during grand final week.
"Probably the best advice I could give them is it's just another game and it's the last game of the season so give it your all.
"You've come up against the players before. It's now a time to trust your intuition and enjoy the moment."