Coaches prepare for battle of wits in super final
NETBALL: Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald expects Sunshine Coast Lightning coach Noeline Taurua to have a few tricks up her sleeve for the Super Netball decider at Brisbane on Saturday.
The two are experienced campaigners who have had significant success at the elite level.
The former's won five premierships amid eight grand final appearances while the latter has snared a title from three outings on the big stage.
They're understandably wary of one another.
"I always expect surprises from Noeline," Fitzgerald said.
"She's one of the most innovative coaches in the league so I'd be surprised if she didn't pull something out of the hat."
The Lightning's had a stable line-up in recent outings and has developed a reputation for its aggressive defence.
Fitzgerald said her side was prepared for that aspect of the game.
"I think we've got the tools there so we can get through that press," she said.
Meanwhile, Taurua praised her opponent.
"I've got utter respect for her and there's so much experience (there) and it makes for a massive grand final," she said.
But she said it was harder to prepare for the Giants compared to other teams, because of the Sydney-based side's versatile offence.
"That's difficult, against the Giants, because they have three combinations, especially in their attacking end," she said.
Both teams were only formed prior to the season but have impressed in their first campaigns.
"It was always going to be a squeeze for us to get to this position," Taurua said.
"We started from nothing, no people, no office or anything like that. So a lot of people have done a lot of great work to get us into this position."