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'Business as usual' as Lightning looks to bounce back

Laura Langman for Lightning. SUPER NETBALL  Vixens v Lightning. Saturday, April 29. 2017. Picture: David Crosling
Laura Langman for Lightning. SUPER NETBALL Vixens v Lightning. Saturday, April 29. 2017. Picture: David Crosling David Crosling

NETBALL: Laura Langman would rather be busting her guts on the court to seal a finals spot, rather than chewing her fingernails on the couch with other teams in control of Sunshine Coast Lightning's destiny.

It's the a message the 141 Test-veteran has passed on to her teammates this week, as Lightning prepares for an all-important clash with Collingwood.

Langman remains confident in Sunshine Coast Lightning's processes as they prepare to bounce back from a heavy loss to Vixens when they return to Melbourne on Saturday night.

She said there had been plenty of reflection in the past five days since being hammered by 11 goals in a top-of-the-table clash, which resulted in Lightning dropping to third on the ladder.

The 31-year-old was shuffled between wing defence and centre last weekend, as the Sippy Downs-based unit struggled to win the battle of the mid-court.

"Straight up, that start wasn't the best and you can't get caught chasing a team like the Vixens, who are an extremely well-oiled unit," Langman said.

"Although it may not look as bad on video, against teams like Vixens, Magpies and Giants, you need to create opportunities to get the ball and we did not do that."

Coach Noeline Taurua has tweaked the mid-court in recent weeks and Langman said every spot was still up for grabs.

"I think that's what I love about our environment," she said.

"We pretty much compete right up to naming the team which is in the changeroom before the game.

"Training sessions are about putting yourself out there and putting your hand up to make sure you're up for selection."

Langman said it had been "business as usual" this week as they prepare to face pre-competition favourites, the Magpies, as they begin to find their stride late in the regular season.

"There's nothing like a little kick up the butt to remind you of how important it is that the product you put out there is competitive and one that resembles what we're about," she said.

"That start last week wasn't ... what's great about the envinoment is that it's all-inclusive ... we had a great chat after the game and the first session back, looking at the tape.

"Everyone's in and everyone's a part of it."

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