Match report – Giants v Sunshine Coast Lightning (Round 1, Suncorp Super Netball 2018)
BY LOU PATTON
Giants have started the Suncorp Super Netball season with a victory over last year’s grand final rival and reigning premier, Sunshine Coast Lightning. There were many side stories leading into the game. The grand final re-match, the comebacks from injury wilderness, celebrating the 300th game of a revered coach, players coming down to earth after the Commonwealth Games, and the sad and inexplicable absence of one of the greatest midcourters of all time. The story after the final whistle was the Giants’ 20-goal turnaround from last year’s grand final drubbing. Was the absence of Laura Langman from the Lightning team worth 20 goals? Perhaps. Their biggest struggle was through the midcourt.