Lightning coach prays for a Sunday decider

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Lakeside Lightning captain Jarrad Prue tries to find a way past the Goldfields Giants defence during their quarterfinal clash.
Camera IconLakeside Lightning captain Jarrad Prue tries to find a way past the Goldfields Giants defence during their quarterfinal clash. Credit: Kalgoorlie Miner, Kelsey Reid

“That’s very nice to hear,” Dave Daniels says when told opposing coach Dayle Joseph made special mention of the manner in which Lakeside Lightning play the game.

But he wasn’t as quick to agree with the Buccs boss, who described the crowds at Active-west Stadium as providing a “challenging, but inviting” environment for visiting teams.

“It’s challenging for sure, but I’m not so certain about inviting,” the Lakeside coach adds while laughing loudly.

“But the crowd there (Geraldton) is great, they really get into the game.”

Asked what his side has to do tomorrow night in order to take the SBL semifinal with the Buccs into a third game, Daniels starts laughing again: “Make some shots.”

“Make some shots, it’s as simple as that. The Buccs defended really well and forced errors, but we didn’t drop what we normally would.”

In his post-match comments, Joseph said there was “no niggle” in clashes with the Lightning, because of their background (religious beliefs) and discipline.

“They are respectful, and if you give people respect, people respect you,” Joseph said.

“Oh, that’s nice to hear, we appreciate that,” Daniels said.

Enough of the niceties. There’s a grand final spot to be won this weekend.

Naturally, Joseph wants it won and lost tomorrow night; Daniels is praying for a Sunday lunchtime decider.

“I think it deserves to go to (the best of) three, it would be fitting as there’s been some good, close games between us,” he said.

Daniels will be looking to his captain, centre Jarrad Prue to lead from the front.

“He’s a great player, but a better person,” Daniels said.

“Jarrad’s a high character guy who comes to play every night. You know he’s going to do his job and beyond every game.

“He’s a fella who leads by example — a blessing to coach.

“I’ve mainly coached college players (US) and was not used to mature leaders like him. I love having him around; he’s become a friend.”

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