Lightning set to peak for Super Netball's showpiece event
NETBALL: Sunshine Coast goal shooter Caitlin Bassett believes her side is timing its Super Netball premiership run to perfection but she remains wary of a Greater Western Sydney unit which rattled Melbourne during the weekend.
The Lightning and Giants will collide in the national league decider at Brisbane on Saturday and the build-up and hype is hard to ignore, even for an Australian representative.
"I've been trying to keep a lid on it because I don't want to waste too much energy before the final but it's hard not to get caught up in the excitement," Bassett admitted.
"Last night I was a little bit nervous and I couldn't get to sleep but today I had a chat to captain Geva (Mentor) and she reassured me and said to soak it all up and make the most of it."
And the 29-year-old expects her side to be at its best for the big one.
"We've been building momentum across the season and I think we are really peaking at the right time."
The Lightning finished the regular season in second place on the eight-team ladder before earning a spot in the decider with a one-goal win over minor premier Melbourne on the road.
The Sippy Downs-based unit won 10 of its past 11 outings to storm into the grand final.
Meanwhile, the Giants finished the home-and-away campaign in third place before edging Collingwood and then the Vixens to score its berth on the main stage.
Bassett was a keen observer of that preliminary final and was taken aback by the first quarter intensity.
"I was surprised the Giants came out and really took it up to Vixens," she said.
So she's expecting a tough battle, with her focus on the Lightning's attacking end of the court.
"They've got experience in (goal defence) Bec Pulley so (Lightning goal attack) Steph Wood is going to have a job on her hands.
"And myself, with (goal keeper) Sam Poolman. We're going to have to play extremely smart."
The two sides shared the spoils in two regular season games, with just one goal separating them on both occasions.
THE community is being urged to show its support by wearing a splash of yellow to work or school tomorrow.
"Everywhere I go people are saying good luck and congrats (on making it to the final), which is amazing," Bassett said.
"The support from the community has just been second to none and that's why we love it here on the Sunshine Coast."
It's the Lightning's first year as a club, formed by Melbourne Storm and the University of the Sunshine Coast.