Lightning look to brighter side in loss to Warriors, prepare for double-header

The Peel Lightning fell to the West Coast Warriors on Friday night. Photo: Shazza J Photography.

The Peel Lightning fell to the West Coast Warriors on Friday night. Photo: Shazza J Photography.

The Peel Lightning will look to take plenty of lessons from their loss to the West Coast Warriors over the weekend.

Peel was dished up a 71-43 loss by the powerhouse club, but was by no means disgraced in the process.

The Warriors scored the first six goals of the clash to establish some early dominance with superstar shooter Donnelle Wallam looming as imposing.

The scoreboard stacked up against the Lightning early, but to their credit the league's newest side was able to wrestle back a bit of momentum and level the contest on the court.

While leveling that contest never truly swung the score back in their favour, Lightning coach Naomi Pannell said there were significant positives to come out of the loss.

"Looking back at some of our stats during the game, I was actually quite impressed with what we put forward," she said.

"We shot at a 75 per cent team average which is really good, and I thought our defenders did a pretty good job against what is some really tough opposition.

"We did struggle to penetrate and go forward at times but in saying that, you have to recognise the Warriors' defence is outstanding.

"Overall I thought there was plenty for us to take out of the game. It was good for our girls to get a run against one of the best sides in the league and measure up."

Megan Hooper put in a sound performance in her opens debut for the Lightning, while skipper Bec Nitschke was a standout.

Peel will have two chances to bounce back this weekend, with a huge double-header against the Western Roar and Curtin-Hamersley Comets coming up in round five.

Both present significant challenges, but Pannell said her side was relishing the opportunity to once again test themselves against some top level competition.

"We're going to be facing two really good teams this weekend, and for us that's a good chance to get an honest measure on where we stand in 2020," she said.

"The Roar have always been finals contenders and the Comets have recruited really well, so we'll need to be at our best."

Game one of that double-header against the Roar kicks off at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre on Friday night, 8.30pm, with the under 20s to get started at 6.45pm.

Peel will then take on the Comets at the Gold Netball Centre on Friday, 2.30pm.

Under 20s

The Lightning's under 20s side collected their second win of the season with a thrilling one-goal win over the Warriors in round four.

The young guns were exceptional in the 49-48 victory, moving them to fifth on the ladder behind the Comets on percentage.

They will have the chance to jump the Comets when they square off on Sunday, but will face a tough test on Friday night when they clash with the top-spot Western Roar.