Both outfits had key players missing – Queensland lost centre Mahalia Cassidy for the season and the Lightning were without goal attack Stephanie Wood – but Sunshine Coast handled the setback better in a 56-56 draw.
“I’m proud of the girls the way they managed to fightback after that first quarter,” said Lightning captain Geva Mentor who had the edge over goal shooter Romelda Aiken in the latest chapter of their decade-long duel.
Aiken scored 37 goals but her accuracy dipped below 70 per cent at one stage as Mentor’s pressure dulled her influence.
Sunshine Coast’s goal shooter Caitlin Bassett was brilliant with 48 goals at 92 per cent but she could not have done it without a Laura Langman-led midcourt which will trouble the competition’s top sides.
It was a slow start to an epic first outing for the Lightning who took most of the first quarter to find some rhythm.
By early in the second term, however, the newcomers were right in it.
An inspirational hand from captain Mentor pumped belief into the hearts of the Lightning.
Debutant goaler Cara Koenen gained confidence with every touch and another first-gamer, Madeline McAuliffe, lunged desperately to win an intercept.
The Lightning’s surge prompted a midcourt retort from champion coach Roselee Jencke who replaced Kristen Oxenford with Jemma Mi Mi, and switched Caitlin Nevins to centre.
Kim Jenner was also on debut for the Firebirds, replacing defender Kate Shimmin as pressure began to build on the Firebirds.
The service into Sunshine Coast’s star shooter Caitlin Bassett began to flow more freely and she drained 100 per cent of her shots in the first half.
Sunshine Coast enjoyed a five-goal lead at halftime and hardly looked like relenting.
With an average age of 26, this expansion team boasts plenty of experience.
Laura Langman’s strong body and sharp mind exposed the Firebirds’ makeshift midcourt, and another seasoned campaigner, Laura Scherian, looked composed against her former club.
All that hustle paid enormous dividends for the Lightning as they charged into the final quarter with a 43-40 lead.
The Firebirds thrust Shimmin back into the action for the fourth quarter and she started with a bang by blocking a shot from Bassett.
Gretel Tippett made a couple of match turning defensive plays as the Firebirds began one final tilt, erasing a six-goal deficit to draw level with less than four minutes on the clock.
Firebirds defenders Shimmin and Laura Clemesha had their moments in the dying minutes but the Firebirds ultimately ran out of time.
Police will allege around 7.20pm a vehicle travelling along Pacific Boulevard has left the road and struck a tree near Gulai Street.
One of the passengers of the car, a 19-year-old man from Mountain Creek, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
On February 16, a 19-year-old Landsborough man was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and grievous bodily harm and a second charge of drive whilst under the influence of liquor or a drug.
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WARNING: This drug will KILL you with a micro dose. You don't even need to ingest it, touching is sufficient.
Law enforcement and health professionals are issuing an urgent warning regarding a deadly drug that has been detected in Queensland, with fears anyone who takes or comes into contact with the drug risks death.
Carfentanyl is a highly toxic and potent synthetic based drug, with a 0.002mg dose enough to kill a person. The drug was intercepted by the ABF at a Brisbane mail centre and has been positively identified.
“We are very concerned to see this drug in Queensland. Because of its capacity to cause death, it is important we get the message out as soon as possible to the community,” Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker of the QPS Drug and Serious Crime Group said.
Queensland Police Service are continuing to seek public assistance to help locate a 19-year-old man missing from the Sippy Downs area.
Camerin Hallam was last seen by family on January 3 leaving an address in Sippy Downs on bicycle.
It is believed that he was going to travel by bicycle and public transport to visit friends in Jimboomba but he has not been seen or made contact since.
He is described as Caucasian in appearance, around 173 centimetres tall and has a medium build, brown hair in a crew cut style, brown eyes and a full beard but may have shaved it off.
He was last seen wearing a grey patterned cotton shirt, black cargo shorts and thongs on a blue and grey bike. (similar to the one pictured)
Police are asking anyone that may have seen Mr Hallam or knows of his whereabouts to contact them.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day. ... See MoreSee Less
Just a note. Towards the end, the media conference was interrupted because the building's centre management asked us (all collectively) to move. *** NOTHING to do with the Cafe**** The conference was moved one metre onto the footpath.
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Karyne ScheerWe don't need a debate on Sharia law, we just don't want it here full stop and anyone advocating for it should go live in a Muslim country.
2 days ago · 26
Jackie ReidWhy is Sharia Law even up for debate? It needs to be out if the question! Could we go to another country and impose our laws? This is Australia...our country our laws. Love your work Pauline!
2 days ago · 17
Kathie CouttsAnthony Negus speak for yourself not all West Australians agree with you...One Nation cares for Australia more so than the rest who are in government to line their own pockets and boost their own ego..
Mike StanleyPauline Hanson I hope you do well in the election. Just hope your Candidate supports you because you have had a bit of trouble with some Candidates. Steve just support Pauline and your team will do well.
2 days ago · 8
Susie CrakerGo Pauline how about working on health cover costs. Maybe build more hospitals when everyone drops out because they are so greedy and the PM agrees to a rise in costs. I know you will fight for fair.
2 days ago · 5
You're doing so well but to not thin out the votes, you Cory, Kirra-Lea and Jacquie need to join forces. Unstoppable that would be
Chris PhillipsStop your rotten comments about Pauline.....at least she is out and about....do you see any other politicians out there....no
2 days ago · 18
Kylie ZimmermanPauline, you have more guts then any body who is a stupid do gooder. You go girl do not let any one bring you down. You seem to have gained more everytime you fight for australians and for this country😉
2 days ago · 5
Leanne IrvingWe desperately need you in Victoria Pauline, it's a mess down there with the African crime gangs. Andrews government have their heads in the sand.
2 days ago · 14
Angela WilsonThe Greens candidate for Nicklin is a true blue Aussie with integrity who has been out there working for the Sunshine Coast for a very long time. He has integrity and won't sell like One Nation already has.
Paul TattonGreat work by Peter Wellington but over the last few years he has not been achieving for Nicklin.... go One Nation Party.. win Nicklin !!👍
2 days ago · 1
Jaala BognudaI owe you my life for saving my child's generation and standing up for what's right-one nation will rise 🇦🇺
2 days ago · 4
James McPhersonI can only assume the negative comments on here are from people who support the Greens etc, and are a lot worried about One Nation
2 days ago · 6
Sheryl WickhamNow make them cut out on there pay forever let them work till they are 70 plus like the rest of us. Why should they get Hugh bonuses. Go Pauline I'm with you
2 days ago · 1
Yvonne KomarnyckyjPauline you are a legend,stay strong girl.You now I have the people backing you ,they always did albeit some were to 😳 to speak out
2 days ago · 1
Phill WolfendenGreat Team, looking forward to a better Queensland and to be quite honest that would not be hard with the current puppet regime.
2 days ago · 1
Kerrie AustinWhat a bout a rail way from Caboolture to Caloundra and then to Maroochydore
more funding for people with disabilities
More government housing on the coast to many families becoming homeless
2 days ago
Roger DuncanVery best of luck all. Please, do have facts and figures in mind, for all of the 'gotcha' questions that will inevitably be asked, such as the number of beds required and the cost of retaining them in Nambour.