Lightning into Super Netball decider after beating Giants
NETBALL: The Sunshine Coast are set to collide with West Coast in the Super Netball grand final after they defeated the Giants in their preliminary final in Sydney on Sunday.
The national league reigning champions won 59-50, after a tense first half.
Goal shooter Caitlin Bassett bagged 40 goals from 43 attempts at 93% while goal attack Steph Wood nabbed 19 goals from 23 shots at 83%.
Scores were locked at 15-apiece after the first quarter and the visitors held a 27-26 advantage at the main break.
The Lightning then made the most of the third quarter to get a 43-37 lead.
And there was no letting up as they extended that margin in the final stages.
The Giants used an array of interchanges during the contest.
It was another composed performance from the Sunshine Coast, who have won six matches in a row to earn their place on the big stage.
They finished the eight-team regular season in fourth place, just squeezing into the finals, before beating the Firebirds and Giants.
The Lightning caused a sensation in their inaugural season last year, when they claimed the title under coach Noeline Taurua.
Another story with reaction to come.