LIGHTNING TO HOST INAUGURAL SSN GRAND FINAL!
Jun
5
2017

Image: Getty Images

Official Result: Sunshine Coast Lightning (56) defeated Melbourne Vixens (55) Via Suncorp Super Netball


Sunshine Coast Lightning has marched into the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final after shocking home side Melbourne Vixens in the major semi-final at Margaret Court Arena.

The competition newcomer will host the tournament decider on June 17 after its stifling all-court defence troubled the Vixens in the 56-55 thriller.

Melbourne was still in the hunt in the final minute despite falling behind by four goals during the fourth quarter.

With three goals to make up, the hosts won some crucial ball from the Lightning but the rally fell short in the dying seconds.

Sunshine Coast defender Karla Mostert was the hero for her outfit.

With intercepts at a premium, she won two crucial possessions for her side in the last quarter to put space between the Queenslanders and the chasing Vixens.

Caitlin Bassett was the one shooter to revel under the intense pressure.

Time and again she launched herself like a firework to present a set of clean hands, and finished accurately with 44 goals at 94 per cent.

Melbourne’s Mwai Kumwenda had 33 goals but had a tough time in the final term when the match was up for grabs.

The Lightning were at quarter-time cursing a scoreboard which showed no tangible rewards for their application of an effective defensive plan.

A cluttered midcourt meant fluency was difficult for the Vixens to achieve on their home court.

Heat from Laura Langman and Laura Scherian slowed the Victorians’ transition, and the Lightning backed Karla Mostert to go head-to-head with Tegan Philip.

Philip was unable to exert much influence, yet still her Vixens found ways to keep pace with the visitors.
The pressure at each end was claustrophobic.

Both outfits were forced to zigzag back and forth, patiently waiting for space to open up in their shooting circles.

There was little to be found, with only the shooters – Vixens’ Kumwenda and the Lightning’s Bassett – presenting as sure and reliable targets.

Bassett’s 18-from-18 at halftime was a flawless demonstration of poise as the Vixens entered the long break with a one-goal lead.

For all the blanketing defence, intercepts were near impossible to come by.

The first pilfer did not arrive until deep in the third term, a reward for Vixen Emily Mannix’s patience and tenacity.

Just two goals separated the sides at three-quarter time.

Official Result: Sunshine Coast Lightning (56) defeated Melbourne Vixens (55)

To view original article, click here.

Upcoming Events
10
28
2017
The big screen just got bigger with a supersized Open Air Movie Night happening on October 14 at Sunshine Coast Stadium, bringing an all time, animated favourite to Open Air Movie Night's biggest screen to date – The Lion King! Bring the family and friends for an evening under the stars, munch on some organic popcorn or stuff yourself silly with some of the delicious street food vendors. There's bound to be something for everyone to turn your average Saturday night movie into a memory to remember.
10
29
2017
All Schools Triathlon is for kids and teens aged 7-18 years of all abilities have a go swimming, biking and running or to take it one step further and gain selection for regional teams to compete at the Queensland School Sport State Triathlon Championships!
10
28
2017
The big screen just got bigger with a supersized Open Air Movie Night happening on October 14 at Sunshine Coast Stadium, bringing an all time, animated favourite to Open Air Movie Night's biggest screen to date – The Lion King! Bring the family and friends for an evening under the stars, munch on some organic popcorn or stuff yourself silly with some of the delicious street food vendors. There's bound to be something for everyone to turn your average Saturday night movie into a memory to remember.
10
29
2017
All Schools Triathlon is for kids and teens aged 7-18 years of all abilities have a go swimming, biking and running or to take it one step further and gain selection for regional teams to compete at the Queensland School Sport State Triathlon Championships!
11
18
2017
Leave the bike at home and get ready to show off your swim skills at the Kawana Aquathlon. This Run, Swim, Run event is a great way to test your running and swimming speed against the best in Queensland. Coming to the Sunshine Coast for the third year, the Kawana Aquathlon is quickly becoming a must do on the Triathlon Queensland Calendar.
11
19
2017
Round 3 of QTS also hosts the Kawana Aquathlon.

This event is a Triathlon Australia World Qualifying Race to compete for Australia at the Age Group ITU World Championships on the Gold Coast in September 2018.
11
25
2017
The Craft Beer and Cider Festival is all about finding brews and ciders that have something different about them and pairing them with beautiful locally sourced food in the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

With over 40 brewers to sample from, come and kick back with a pale ale whilst enjoying an array of music from a packed schedule of talented local artists headlined by The Lyrcial.
12
10
2017
Full event details coming soon.
12
17
2017
Its on again! The 4th Annual Treehouse Kids Christmas party will, once again, be an event not to be missed. Help raise funds which allow The Autism Treehouse to continue to provide support to the community with access to resources, life skills programs and social events.
See all Events

Have your next event at Sunshine Coast Stadium

Make a Booking
What's On

The Color Movement

Find out more

Like us on Facebook

Find out more

Follow us on Twitter

Find out more

Become a Volunteer

Find out more
Latest News
Oct
20
2017

Blockbuster fortnight of footy to hit Sunshine Coast Stadium in 2018

NRL and Super Rugby fever will hit council’s Sun..
read more
Oct
13
2017

Sunshine Coast Home & Caravan, Camping & Boating Expo celebrates 25 years

Be prepared for a day or perhaps a weekend of adventure..
read more
See all News