Since then they've gone on to defeat rivals Queensland Firebirds and minor Premiers Giants Netball, to set up a grand final match against West Coast Fever to try to defend their Premiership. 

It has been a proud coaching moment for Noeline Taurua.

"It's a bit like being a proud mother and very excited by the challenge ahead of us," she said.

"I think we've been slowly building into the season and obviously our last six to seven weeks has been challenging.

"It's all come together quite nicely," Taurua said.

It's expected to be a tough battle, as the Lightning had not defeated the Fever this season, losing both matches by a single goal with Jhaniele Fowler outscoring both Lightning shooters each match.

Fowler has 783 goals to her name this season, which is 205 goals ahead of Firebirds shooter Romelda Aiken and 230 ahead of Lightning shooter Caitlin Bassett.

Taurua has previously worked with Fowler at Southern Steel in New Zealand during the 2016 season so will be wary of the performance the Jamaican can produce.

"I'm looking forward at finding ways to combat or minimise her strength," Taurua said.

"Everybody needs to do their job one-on-one on everybody else, she is one part of the Fever team," she said.

If successful in defending their title, the Lightning will only become the second team in Super Netball and Trans-Tasman league history to have started the season 0-3 to win a premiership. 

The last team to do so was Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic during the 2012 ANZ Championship, who was coached by Taurua.

It has also been a major week for Taurua, who has been linked to the Silver Ferns top job but also has pressure on her to have a repeat of the teams 2017 successes. 

"I enjoy being in the grand final, it's what it is all about, not only as an athlete but as a coach and it is the pinnacle of what we do," Taurua said.

"It is about enjoying the moment and not getting caught up in the pressure," she said.

Lightning make the trip to Perth for Sunday's Grand Final which will be live on Channel 9 from 1pm AEST.