‘Desperate’ Giants bent on first Super Netball win

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Chelsea Pitman is confident the Giants with grasp their opportunities against the Lightning.
Chelsea Pitman is confident the Giants with grasp their opportunities against the Lightning.

Refusing to dwell on the past, Giants midcourter Chelsea Pitman is confident her side can snap their Super Netball winless streak when they take on Sunshine Coast Lightning.

Licking their wounds after succumbing to a monster 20-point defeat to Adelaide, the Giants are ready to hit the court running when they host the Lightning at Ken Rosewall Arena.

Victory has so far been elusive for the western Sydney team, who sit bottom of the ladder in eighth at 0-4.

But with the Lightning earning only one win so far despite sitting just outside the top four, Saturday night could prove the Giants’ best opportunity to score a first victory.

“A hundred per cent. We are just gunning for them and they’re going to be exactly the same. We’re under no illusion there,” Pitman said on Friday.

“I’d be lying to say we’re on top of the world because we are four losses starting the season.

“But the beautiful thing about our culture is we are so determined to get that win on the board.

“We want to be better. We want to win. We’re working as hard as we possibly can.

“The spirits are high. We’re desperate and determined.”

Action from the Giants versus Adelaide.
The Giants were often caught off the pace in their 20-point humbling from Adelaide. (Matt Turner/AAP PHOTOS)

Reflecting on their past matches and pre-season success, Pitman attributes the team’s losses to early poor performance.

The Giants proved clinical in the pre-season Team Girls Cup competition in March and finished in the top four after defeating newcomers Melbourne Mavericks by four points.

“We had four losses to start the season but we had 10 pre-season matches and only dropped two,” Pitman said.

“It’s just about finding that rhythm again, because in pre-season we felt really comfortable and confident. It’s the inconsistency that’s letting us down.

“If you look at our first six minutes, we’re usually goal for goal and then we have a lapse of concentration or skill execution.

“It’s not just about the 60 minutes and looking at the end result.

“You’ve just got to have trust in your systems, your game plan and your personnel.

“It’s about making sure when we turn up to play, we’ve got white line fever and we’re ready to go.

“When you’re losing, that’s probably the hardest thing.”