Tough love, hard work for Lightning

NETBALL: Captain Laura Langman says the Lightning roster have been vocal during on-court preparations for the decider, intent on pushing each other to lift.

The Sunshine Coast outfit will battle Swifts in the Super Netball grand final on Sunday and have been making sure to put in the hard yards for the battle.

Unlike Swifts, the Lightning have had the benefit of an extra week of training for the match after earning a direct berth from their major semi-final victory.

Langman said they'd made the most of it and that the group hadn't shied away from sharing constructive feedback among each other.

"The chat at training has been great, we've identified the harder we are on each other the better we'll be as a team," Langman said.

"So, that's been a real theme that's coming through."

Langman was part of the championship-winning 2017 squad but took a year off during Lightning's 2018 title triumph.

She made a return for this year's campaign and had savoured the journey, nailing 226 assists, 16 intercepts and 33 deflections.

The dynamic centre said she was pumped to once again hit the court in a battle for season silverware.

"It's really exciting, there's nothing like finals netball and this is what we train for and this is what we want to be a part of," she said leading into the week.

"I think it (build up) probably means something different to everybody and the club has experienced some firsts over the last couple of weeks and it would be cool to carry it on.

"But our focus, and I'm quite proud of the girls, is in the here and now and what we can achieve at training and making sure that we use the week wisely in terms of preparation."

While the majority of the squad has recommitted to Sunshine Coast Lightning for 2020, Langman is yet to decider her future.



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