Lightning urged to show no mercy against Fever
NETBALL: Sunshine Coast coach Noeline Taurua is urging her finals-bound side to show their ruthless streak against West Coast at University of the Sunshine Coast on Friday night.
Third of eight teams in Super Netball, the Lightning are heavily favoured to topple the seventh-placed Fever.
But Taurua says her charges can ill-afford to be complacent in the round 12 clash.
"What I don't want to do is go into this game thinking that just because the Fever are currently sitting (down) on the ladder that it's going to be a walk in the park," she said.
"Looking at them since their bye a couple of weeks ago, they have actually been putting some better netball out than what they did in the first part of the season.
"They've got a great rotating circle with (Natalie) Medhurst, who is very smart."
Last time the Lightning met the Fever in Perth in round 6, the visitors stormed to a 66-49 triumph.
But Taurua expects West Coast to be a different proposition this time around.
"What they were like when we first played them has totally changed," she said.
So she's urging her players to adopt a relentless approach to this game.
"We've got to stamp our mark or dominance right from the start," she said.
"It's about (keeping) possession of the ball and making sure we're prepared to get out there and work."
The Lightning leads the league for intercepts (93) and defensive rebounds (41), with captain Geva Mentor leading the way for deflections and defensive rebounds.
With three rounds remaining in the regular season, the Lightning are already assured a finals berth in their inaugural season.
They trail front-runners Vixens by two points (one win) and second-placed Giants by one point.
A victory at Sippy Downs will ensure a top-three result in the regular season, because Magpies are five points adrift.
The clash with the Fever starts at 7.30pm.
It represents the Sunshine Coast's first game at their home stadium since round seven, when they crushed the Firebirds 60-49.