Suncoast Lynx will be out to make history and win the club’s first ever Division 2 premiership in Sunday’s grand final at University of the Sunshine Coast.
The Lynx thrashed Country champions Magnetic North Steelcats 68-35 last weekend to book their place in the decider and will await the winner of Saturday’s qualifier between Brisbane North Cougars and the Steelcats.
Coach Lauren Forbes said her side would take a lot of confidence from how they handled their semi-final.
“It was a very dominant performance by the girls. They were nervous heading into the game, but mentally prepared,” Forbes said.
“Through the first quarter we looked a little bit uneasy but you could tell the girls were confident and making good decisions. By the second quarter once we got rid of those nerves the girls really started to pull that lead out and did a great job in turning over and converting a lot of ball.
“Regardless of who we play in the grand final, the girls are ready to go. For us it’s just about making sure we remain confident and our preparation is nice and relaxed without too much changing.”
The Lynx lost only one game during the regular season as they established themselves as the yardstick of the competition.
Led by 2016 Division 2 MVP Eden Cassidy and Australian 17/U star Macy Gardner, they have built success off the back of a slick, structured brand of attacking netball.
“We’ve tried to do the basics well. In attack we make sure we’re always working together and have two options to every ball and in defence it’s about being really consistent in applying the pressure across the four quarters,” Forbes said.
“The girls get along really well. They’re a little family. They’re great communicators and even when they get frustrated with each other, they’re best friends again the next minute. It allows them to be really honest and it shows on court in the connections they’ve made.”
The Lynx’s sole loss of the season came to the Cougars in their final outing of the regular season.
Forbes said she believes her side will face their rivals in the grand final, but will be ready for either scenario.
“The Cougars will be the red-hot favourites for their semi. The girls won’t go down and watch (Saturday’s semi-final). We don’t want them to play the final in their head before Sunday,” she said.
“This week will be about focusing on mental preparation. Many of our girls haven’t played in a grand final before and it will be a new venue with lots of seats. It’s just about getting to know the surroundings and being prepared for that.
“We’ll focus a bit more on our mental toughness, what to expect and the feelings that might come up on game day. But nothing will change in regards to on-court.
“Against Steelcats it was about us having a really solid game plan and focusing what we needed to do out on court. It will be the same process for us in the grand final no matter who we’re facing.”
Be there to see all the Samsung QSNL grand final action go down this Sunday from 1pm at University of the Sunshine Coast! Tickets from $5 on the door. Can’t make the games? Then tune into the live stream from 1pm on Netball Queensland’s Facebook page!