NSW Swifts v Sunshine Coast Lightning

The Lightning have come back from nine-goals down to beat the Swifts 59 to 57.

The undefeated Swifts and reigning Super Netball champions, Lightning, saw a fast and frenetic start to the match with both teams bringing intensity and physicality.

Karla Pretorius took a huge early intercept for the Lightning and her turnovers were capitalised on by Laura Scherian and Laura Langman who brought the ball cleanly out of defence.

Both team’s goal shooters Peace Proscovia and Sam Wallace, who had both been having incredible starts to the season, shot accurately in the first half.

It went goal-for-goal throughout the second quarter with the Swifts taking lead with five minutes to go with six consecutive goals. The young Swifts defence outfit of Sarah Klau, Maddy Turner and Kate Eddy continued to apply relentless pressure to the Lightning attack end.

The Lightning remained unchanged at the beginning of the third, but the Swifts mixed up their defence end – a move that paid dividends with the young team extending their lead out to nine.

The Swifts went on to take control of the match and the Lightning were forced to make changes up their attack end, bringing on Cara Koenen into goal shooter.

It was a hard-fought and physical last term, both teams were frantic and every loose ball was scrambled over.

The Lightning fought back and to bring the scores to level with five minutes to go and after a critical time-out the Lightning hit the lead and went on to control the rest of the match, claiming victory by two goals.