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2021 ANZ Premiership: Round 15

THE final round of the ANZ Premiership is set to have some ladder implications, although the Northern Mystics have already locked up top spot. The Stars and Magic will be battling it out for respect while the Pulse will be hoping to end their season on a high after not making finals for the first time since the competitions inception.

Southern Steel vs. Central Pulse
Saturday, July 24 @5:15pm

The Pulse will be hoping to farewell outgoing coach Gail Parata in style with a huge upset win over the Southern Steel who will be riding a wave of success of their own after toppling the Stars last round and securing a finals berth. It has been a disappointing season for the Pulse who have struggled to hit their straps but will be eager to cause an upset and finish their season on a high, while the Steel will be hoping to gain even more momentum.

The battle between George Fisher and Kelera Nawai will once again be the focal point as the two sides rely heavily on the influence of the aforementioned players. Fisher has well and truly asserted herself on the ANZ Premiership competition with her clever holds and fancy footwork enabling her to dictate the play meaning Nawai will have to be on her toes to stop the ball from entering the circle with any fluidity. The real barometer and concern for the Pulse however is, Tiana Metuarau with the Steel goal attack able to control proceedings credit to her crafty court work and pinpoint ball placement. With speed to burn she is going to be a tough task for Kelly Jury who well and truly has her height but no so much for court coverage. The contest between Shannon Saunders and Maddy Gordon is set to be a good one with the pair at different stages in their career but unrelenting when it comes to their pressure and desperation to impact the play for their respective sides.

It will all come down to whether or not Aliyah Dunn is able to withstand the physical nature of Taneisha Fifita for a full 60 minutes with the goal keeper coming off a dominant performance last round. Dunn does not take well to a bit of argy-bargy under the post meaning Te Amo Amaru-Tibble will have to up the ante inside the circle if the Pulse are any chance of causing an upset. The goal attack has showcased moments of magic but will need a consistent four quarter performance against the experienced head of Te Huinga Selby-Rickit. Speedster Whitney Souness and Claire Kersten will need to be on their a-game in attack if they are to bypass the hands over pressure from Kate Heffernan and Renee Savai’inaea to get easy passage into the circle.

Mainland Tactix vs. Northern Mystics
Sunday, July 25 @4:15pm

In what could be a potential grand final preview the contest between the Mainland Tactix and Northern Mystics is set to be an eye catching one to say the least. Both sides are coming in off narrow wins and with the Mystics securing a spot in the grand final it will all come down to bragging rights and confidence as the two sides battle it out in the last game of the home and away season.

It is going to be a battle of the goal shooters with Ellie Bird up one end of the court and Grace Nweke up the other. Bird is a lynchpin for the Tactix in attack with her strong holds and extra centimetres set to be the real kicker when up against the likes of Sulu Fitzpatrick and Kate Burley who are likely to double-team the goal shooter. The Tactix will need the likes of Te Paea Selby-Rickit to be at her damaging best if they are to detract from Bird with the goal attack able to shoot from anywhere inside the circle when given enough time and space. For the Mystics, Nweke is the most prolific goaler in the league and for good reason with her dominance in the air and overall athleticism setting her apart from the rest. She will have wits tested though against Jane Watson and Karin Burger who are both renowned for their constant hustle and tenacity with the latter in career best form. Expect the Mystics to rely on the experience of Bailey Mes to combat the Tactix defensive pressure while Filda Vui is more than capable of holding her own in the circle.

The midcourt is littered with speed as Kimiora Poi headlines the Tactix in attack and defence while Tayla Earle is incredibly dynamic for the Mystics. But it will all come down to the battle between Peta Toeava and Charlotte Elley. Toeava can turn a game on its head within a heartbeat with her pinpoint precision passes into Nweke likely to set the tone for the game. therefore it will be up to Elley to stop the wing attack from finding any freedom and implement some strong hands over pressure to block her vision. For the Tactix if Samon Nathan can break free early then it will go a long way in setting things up for the home side.

Northern Stars vs Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
Monday, July 26 @7:15pm

It is going to be a matter of respectability for both sides as the Stars have fallen out of finals contention and the Magic looking to end their year on a high after only securing the one win way back in Round 1. It has been a very different journey for both sides but that will not stop them from putting out a blockbuster clash with the Magic really hitting their stride the last couple of rounds but just falling short.

Maia Wilson has well and truly been off her game the past couple of weeks with her accuracy and volume both down. But she is a true competitor and will be hoping to return back to her dominant ways under the post. If not the Stars will take full confidence in the number of bench options they have with the likes of Monica Falkner and Amorangi Malesala both able to come on and have an impact. Jamie Hume has been in career best form but will have her work cut out for her against the long arms of Erena Mikaere who is likely to be joined by the likes of Temalisi Fakahokotau down in defence. Holly Fowler has not skipped a beat since her return and will need to negate the influence of Gina Crampton if the Magic are to cause an upset.

The midcourt worked wonders last week with the connections between Grace Kara and Sam Winders firing on all cylinders. The duo will need to replicate this form if they are to sight Caitlin Bassett and Khiarna Williams under the post and bypass the pressure from Anna Harrison and Elle Temu. The Magic play their best netball when they release the ball with confidence and accuracy into the circle to allow Bassett to set up nicely inside the circle something they will be aiming to continue from last round. Harrison is a real threat in defence with her closing speed and athleticism as is Temu while throw in the likes of Oceane Maihi and the Stars have choices aplenty.

2021 Stats wrap: SSN Round 11 and ANZ Premiership Round 14

ROUND 14 in the ANZ Premiership and 11 in the Suncorp Super Netball rolled around and it did not disappoint with a number of players racking up the stats. We take a look at some of the top performers across both leagues.

Goals:

Southern Steel goal shooter, George Fisher was accurate to post nailing 33 goals from 34 attempts, at an impressive 97 per cent accuracy. In fact it was the round of goal shooters as Caitlin Bassett impressed under the post with her 40 goals from 42 attempts, and Ellie Bird did enough to get the Tactix over the line with her 38 from 42 attempts at 91 per cent. Grace Nweke continued to top the table with a round high 52 goals from 61 attempts albeit at a slightly lower conversion rate than she would like at 85 per cent. It was a rough day at the office for Maia Wilson with the Stars captain only managing a mere 11 goals from 21 attempts at a lowly 52 per cent. But that did not stop Jamie Hume from stepping up to the plate nailing 30 from 38. Speaking of goal attacks Tiana Metuarau was as dominant ever for the Steel finishing with 13 goals and 14 goal assists. After a shaky start Te Amo Amaru-Tibble worked herself back into the contest with her 18 goals from 26 attempts as Te Paea Selby-Rickit finished with 10 from 17.

Accuracy proved to be no issue for Shimona Nelson with the Magpies goal shooter sitting at 100 per cent with 37 goals straight. Lenize Potgieter also shot at 100 per cent for the Thunderbirds nailing 26 goals while Jhaniele Fowler was hot on her tail with her 98 per cent accuracy but much higher volume thanks to her 57 goals from 58 attempts. Cara Koenen impressed playing out in goal attack managing 31 goals from 36 attempts as Peace Proscovia held her own in goal shooter with her 17 goals. Romelda Aiken shook off the yips early to nail 40 from 48, as Gretel Bueta imposed herself inside the circle with her 18 from 20 at 90 per cent, while also amassing 12 goal assists. The combination between Jo Harten and Sophie Dwyer was on song once again as they shot 33 and 21 respectively with the latter converting at 91 per cent. They also combined for five super shots. For the Swifts, Sam Wallace was down on her accuracy sitting at 81 per cent but still managed to hit the scoreboard in a big way with her 39 goals. Mwai Kumwenda was once again the most dominant shooter for the Vixens scoring 33 from 37 at 89 per cent.

Midcourt:

Peta Toeava was up to her usual tricks for the Mystics amassing 24 goal assists and 17 centre pass receives in her sides win. Whitney Souness was also a commanding force for the Pulse with 24 goal assists and 27 centre pass receives of her own. Teammate Claire Kersten was her reliable self through the centre for the Pulse with her 18 goal assists as Maddy Gordon proved to be a ball magnet in wing defence with her three intercepts and two deflections. Sam Winders was a real maestro for the Magic racking up 19 goal assists as Grace Kara chimed in with 13. Erikana Pedersen found her groove for the Tactix coming on at quarter time with her 13 goal assists. For the Stars it was Gina Crampton that led the charge with her 22 goal assists as Shannon Saunders got busy for the Steel with her 17 goal assists.

West Coast Fever midcourter Verity Charles led all comers with her 27 goal assists as teammate Jess Anstiss chimed in with 15 of her own. The feeding was shared around in the Firebirds camp as Kim Ravaillion topped the table with 17 goal assists as Lara Dunkley managed 10. Paige Hadley was a commanding presence through the centre third racking up 17 goal assists while Maddy Proud found her groove in attack and defence with 11 goal assists and one intercept. Maddie Hay and Jamie-Lee Price were unstoppable for the GIANTS with the former amassing 19 goal assists. Teammate, Amy Parmenter fired on all cylinders in wing defence with eight deflections and two intercepts. Kelsey Browne was an energiser bunny for the Pies in what was a stats stuffing performance racking up 17 goal assists, two deflections and an intercept as Molly Jovic also plied her trade in the Collingwood frontend with her 15 goal assists. Hannah Mundy continued to consolidate her form leading the way for the Vixens with 16 goal assists.

Defence:

Defensively Karin Burger starred for the Tactix as she racked up five intercepts, three deflections and two rebounds in what was an all-round stellar performance from the goal defence. Jane Watson showcased her read of the play racking up four deflections, while former teammate and current Magic goal keeper Temalisi Fakahokotau was amongst the thick of things with her six gains. Erena Mikaere utilised her long arms to rack up three deflections. Kelly Jury and Kelera Nawai combined for four gains and six deflections as Sulu Fitzpatrick impressed for the Mystics with her three gains. Goal keepers Taneisha Fifita and Anna Harrison imposed themselves racking up eight and seven gains apiece with the latter reeling in five intercepts credit to her go-go gadget arms.

Jodi-Ann Ward was once again at her best for the Magpies collecting nine gains, eight deflections and a couple of intercepts while Geva Mentor also showcased her class in goal keeper registering seven gains. The combination of Jo Weston and Emily Mannix was on full display as they combined for eight gains. Sarah Klau was a pillar of consistency for the Swifts recording four gains and six deflections as crosstown rival Sam Poolman was just as damaging for the GIANTS with her eight gains and four deflections. Adelaide Thunderbirds defender Shamera Sterling impressed with her six deflections, two intercepts as Matilda Garrett got busy with her four deflections. Courtney Bruce got plenty of hands to ball finishing with four intercepts and two deflections as Sunday Aryang took advantage of her long limbs and closing speed to pick up five deflections and four gains. Kim Jenner and Rudi Ellis imposed themselves with a combined 10 deflections.

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Steel survive gutsy Stars comeback to secure finals berth

THE Southern Steel have knocked the Northern Stars out of the ANZ Premiership finals race with a desperate one-goal win last night despite still having one round left (46-45). It was a heart in your mouth game that went right down to the wire with neither side willing to relent on the pressure nor give up due to the high stakes of the contest.

Tiana Metuarau wasted no time opening her account nailing a goal within the first 20 seconds of the game. The ball was moving up and down the court with great speed as Jamie Hume looked to land the first goal of the game for the Stars but missed gifting a chance for the Steel to capitalise and that they did. Holding a handy two goal lead the Northern Stars defence got to work as they won ball back and Maia Wilson rewarded them for their efforts. With the centre pass to follow the Stars started to build some momentum stringing back-to-back goals together and before you knew it the home side had the upper hand – up by a goal. This goal for goal motion continued but it was Metuarau that was doing damage at the post as George Fisher did not get a look in until four and a half minutes had gone by credit to the work of Anna Harrison under the post.

Each time one side would pull ahead marginally the other would find a way to sneak back in and nail consecutive goals to keep things interesting. Gina Crampton was up and about early for the Stars with the wing attack finding good space and using her crafty passes to sight both Wilson and Hume inside the circle. Shannon Saunders was inflicting the same level of pain up the other end of the court with the Steel wing attack confident to release the ball into her shooters. It was turning somewhat into a shootout between the two goal attacks as Hume and Metuarau led the charge for their respective sides with the two holding shooters nullified by their goal keepers. Harrison was proving to be a real nuisance, going out hunting nice and early and cleanly getting hands to ball to create doubt in the feeders mind. But it was not enough to give her side the upper hand, heading into quarter time with 13 goals apiece.

Wilson was struggling to find her momentum under the post missing her first three attempts of the quarter before Hume pounced to mop things up and create a one-goal advantage. Things were going along swimmingly for the Steel as Fisher used her split and smarts to negate the influence of Harrison. The goal for goal battle continued as both sides looked to treasure possession and cleverly work the ball down the court rather than force it. Taneisha Fifita upped the ante down in goal keeper for the Steel using her footwork and body work to contest and force Wilson out of her comfort zone. She was combining seamlessly with Te Huinga Sebly-Rickit to create a strong wall in defence and get in the head of Wilson who simply could not buy a goal.

The midcourt battle between Kate Heffernan and Mila Reuelu-Buchanan intensified as the quarter went on with the pair refusing to give an inch. Saunders and Metuarau were guilty of coughing up a couple of turnovers but their overall work rate was keeping the Steel in contention as the duo dictated the rhythm in attack. Elle Temu upped the ante to try and nullify Metuarau with the goal defence going out hunting to stop the ball from entering the circle and using her long arms over the shot to try and win ball back. A couple of consecutive goals to Hume gave the Stars the lead but Metuarau was not about to be outdone by her fellow goal attack crafting a clever play to gift Fisher with a chance to level the scores at half-time.

Looking for a spark at half time Lisa Mather was injected into the game for Greer Sinclair in hope to stop the dynamic movement of Saunders in attack. But the third term started with a bang as Metuarau and Fisher quickly added to the scoreboard to establish a handy four goal lead. In fact it was not until the three minute mark that the Stars were able to hit the scoreboard as Hume landed a much needed settler. The early flurry of goals proved to be hard for the Stars to comeback from as the Steel continued to plug away. Wilson was virtually rendered ineffective only slotting one goal for the entire term as Hume did the heavy lifting out the front credit to the work of Fifita. Renee Savai’inaea was playing her role around circle edge employing some strong hands over pressure to limit any easy transition into the ring for the Stars as they went into the break down by two goals.

With the game and a finals berth on the line the Steel picked up where they left off piling on the first three goals of the game to create a five goal lead. Monica Falkner was injected into the thick of things and her presence was immediately felt as her and Hume managed three goals to reduce the margin back to three. Crampton upped the ante to give the Stars some hope while the Steel just relied on their strong connections to grind out the game. Harrison and Temu threw themselves at everything that came their way as another string of three goals from Hume cut the margin to one goal. But inaccuracy came back to bite the Stars as Hume was gifted two chances but could not make them sink as they went down by a goal.

It was another strong performance to post for Fisher as the goal shooter managed 33 goals from 34 attempts at 97 per cent. Metuarau was equally as impressive with her 13 goals at 77 per cent accuracy, while also amassing 14 goal assists. Saunders was dynamic racking up a team high 17 goal assists as Fifita proved to be a commanding presence down back with her three intercepts, three deflections and four gains. Wilson’s shooting woes continued only managing a mere 11 from 21 at 52 per cent but that did not stop Hume from leading the charge nailing 30 from 38 at 79 per cent. Falkner also made a handy cameo appearance with four from five. Crampton was crafty recording 22 goal assists but it was Harrison that kept her side in it with her five intercepts, four deflections and two gains.

2021 ANZ Premiership: Round 14 preview

THE penultimate round of ANZ Premiership action kicks off on Sunday with the top three given a huge shake-up over the past week of netball. The Mystics will be eager to bounce back from their shock loss while the Northern Stars are in desperate need of a win if they are any chance of making finals now.

Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic vs. Mainland Tactix
Sunday, July 18 @4:15pm

It has been a disappointing season for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic who have only secured one win for the season and that was right back in Round 1. On the other hand the Mainland Tactix have found their winning ways with a thumping victory last week and will be eager to continue that level of dominance in this match up.

The combination between Karin Burger and Jane Watson has been on fire with the pair just creating absolute mayhem down in defence with their constant hassle, tenacity and cleanliness to attack the ball no matter where it is in the defensive circle. But they will come up against an a-class shooter in Caitlin Bassett who has really hit her straps in the past few games with her connection with Khiarna Williams starting to come to the fore. Williams can play both a shooting and a feeding role making her an all-round threat and meaning that Watson and Burger will not be able to just isolate Bassett under the post. The Magic play their best netball when Grace Kara is out on court and they will be hoping that she is once again able to stand up to the pressure but will have to combat Charlotte Elley who is an unsung hero in the defensive unit for the tactics.

Looking into the shooting circle for the Tactix and Ellie Bird has been in scintillating form with the goal shooter using every inch of her height to dominate at the post. Even if Te Paea Selby-Rickit is not putting up the goals and shooting at a high accuracy it is her playmaking skills out the front that sets the Tactix up for the win time and time again meaning the constant rotation from the Magic defensive unit will have to be on song. The Tactix will be hoping that Temalisi Fakahokotau is able to return to the court and play a full 60 minutes while they will be needing the likes of Erena Mikaere, Georgia Tong and Holly Fowler to be able to chip in an work in overdrive to stop that ball getting to circle edge. They will also need the likes of Sam Winders to really up her ante through the midcourt to take on Kimiora Poi and Samon Nathan who have been in strong form for the Tactix.

Central Pulse vs. Northern Mystics
Sunday, July 18 @6:15pm

The Pulse snapped a five-game losing streak last round and will be eager to continue that winning way while the Northern Mystics registered their first loss in as many weeks and will be hoping to flip the script in this match up. The Mystics still hold on to top spot on the ladder and with finals insight will be hoping to iron out any kinks in their armour in this clash, while the Pulse will be hoping to add some more respectability to their ladder position.

It will all come down to whether or not Peta Toeava is back to her menacing ways with the wing attack able to carve up the court with her speed while her pinpoint passes into Grace Nweke is what will have the Pulse defence in all sorts of trouble. It will be up to either Maddy Gordon or Claire Kersten to stop Toeava with the Pulse midcourters having to pay her a wealth of attention to keep her away from circle edge. Both Kelly Jury and Kelera Nawai are building a strong partnership in the defensive circle for the Pulse but the Mystics could have the upper hand given how quickly and easily Nweke is able to score. Although Bailey Mes has not been the most reliable to post she is incredibly clever and crafty with ball in hand while the injection of Filda Vui is also highly likely with the goal attack able to go to post or play that additional feeding role.

The Pulse will need Aliyah Dunn to be firing on all cylinders if they are any chance to topple the Mystics who will be raring to go after an uncharacteristic loss. If Dunn is able to find room in the circle and the likes of Kersten and Whitney Souness are up and about early it could spell danger for the Mystics. Te Amo Amaru-Tibble is another one in the Pulse attacking unit that can impose herself with her high accuracy to post meaning the likes of Kate Burley, Sulu Fitzpatrick, Ama Agbeze and now Phoenix Karaka who made her long awaited return after giving birth will have to be on their toes.

Northern Stars vs. Southern Steel
Monday, July 19 @7:15pm

The final game of the round is set to be an absolute cracker and has huge ladder implications as the Stars look for their way back into the top three and the Steel hope to solidify their spot in the finals. The Stars have been in free fall the past couple of weeks dropping three games straight while the Steel will be riding high after knocking off the ladder leaders.

Maia Wilson has not been herself lately but will need to turn it around if she is to drag her side over the line. Only managing a condensed amount of court time last round and only shooting at 50 per cent accuracy, Wilson will be hoping to up the ante while Jamie Hume has been a solid contributor. The Stars have a plethora of shooters to choose from with Monica Falkner back in the mix and Amorangi Malesala a viable option given her accuracy to post. But the Steel have an incredibly strong defence with Taneisha Fifita growing each and every time she steps out on court with Te Huinga Selby-Rickit providing a calming presence out the front. Throw in the likes of Sarahpheinna Woulf and the defensive pressure from Renee Savai’inaea out the front in wing defence and it could be a tough day at the office for the Stars. However both Gina Crampton and Mila Reuelu-Buchanan have been in fine form and will need to lead the charge if Wilson is nullified.

Goal shooter, George Fisher has been a revelation since joining the Steel and will have to be at her damaging best against the ball hungry duo in Anna Harrison and Elle Temu. The Stars pair have caused all sorts of havoc but just have not been rewarded for their hard work. Tiana Metuarau has developed at a rate of knots this season with her playmaking skills allowing her to find Fisher with ease while her combination with Shannon Saunders and Kate Heffernan will provide plenty of headaches for the Stars.

Tactix steal second spot on the ladder with emphatic win

THE Mainland Tactix caused a huge boilover in the ANZ Premiership on Sunday afternoon with a scintillating win over Northern Stars, who have fallen off the wagon in recent weeks (52-39). The win bumped the Tactix up into second spot on the ladder as the loss sees the Stars fall to fourth.

An early miss to Maia Wilson gifted the Tactix the upper hand nice and early with Karin Burger picking up the crumbs. It was a messy start to the game with both attacking ends giving away ball nice and early but it was the Tactix that settle first. Burger proved that she came to play with the goal defence disrupting play twice in a row with Ellie Bird delivering the goods in the frontend for the home side. Kimiora Poi had a spring in her step down in the defensive third as she collected an impressive deflection as the transition down court caught the Stars off guard. Burger was in just about everything using her turn of speed and read of the play to cause a ruckus. The Tactix opened up a nice handy four goal lead with their defensive nous forcing the Stars to cough up ball with mis-directed passes.

It was an incredibly scrappy couple of minutes of play with neither side able to consolidate on the amount of defensive ball being won. Errant passes and bad hands were dictating the play but luck was proving to be on the Tactix side. Jamie Hume slotted her first goal of the game with a tick under six minutes to play after missing her first two shots of the game. The Stars managed to dwindle the deficit back to three goals before the Tactix defence once again kicked it up a gear. There was plenty happening out on court with Anna Harrison leaving the court with a blood rule albeit momentarily, while Hume was called for an offensive contact as the Stars struggled to find their mojo.

Wilson was up against it down in the circle for the Stars. It took just over a minute for the first goal of the second quarter to be scored with both sides struggling to hit their straps. Poi was working a million miles an hour as was Te Paea Selby-Rickit with the goal attack not only finding a wealth of space but dishing off pinpoint passes. With Wilson sitting at a mere 50 per cent, Monica Falkner made her way onto the court in goal shooter in hope to shake things up in the goal circle. Jane Watson did not have a bar of Falkner with the goal keeper imposing herself and winning a holding the ball call the minute she came out onto the court. The Tactix opened up a handy seven-goal lead before the Stars piled on two straight to eat into the deficit.

Gina Crampton upped the ante in attack for the Stars controlling proceedings with her bullet like passes into Falkner and Hume as the Stars got back to within two goals. Harrison and Elle Temu started to come to life but Burger said “anything you can do, I can do better” as she gifted the home side with a huge intercept. The Tactix midcourt became somewhat stagnant and unable find circle edge until Erikana Pedersen was injected into the thick of things with her speed coming to the fore. Greer Sinclair was working in overdrive to match her new opponent in Pedersen as the pair went toe-to-toe around the perimeter edge. It was turning into a goal for goal slog with neither side able to break stride and just managing to score off their own centre passes such was the intensity.

Only up by two goals to start the quarter the Tactix came out with some real venom. They slotted five goals straight with Burger putting on a show down in defence with her quick reflexes and overall netball smarts. although Selby-Rickit was not having an overly huge impact on the board it was her ability to flick the ball around the court that impressed and kept the defenders guessing. Wilson re-entered the fray for the Stars but it made little to no difference as the Tactix defence including Charlotte Elley out the front put up a strong wall and did not allow for any easy passage of play.

The lead skipped out to seven goals in the backend of the quarter with the Tactix controlling the momentum but the Stars throwing absolutely everything they had at them. The Stars got on a roll with two goals and while they were looking for their third it was Watson that once again stood up with a huge intercept. Moments later Burger got involved in the thick of things somehow flicking the ball back to Poi as they pushed the lead out eight goals.

Struggling to score Amorangi Malesala was deployed out in goal shooter and impressed from the moment she stepped out on court with two goals in a row. But the Tactix showed their level of composure and class to ride through the wave and stand up tall to forge ahead. It was turning into somewhat of a shootout as Malesala and Selby-Rickit went blow for blow for their respective sides. Pedersen and Poi were doing a mountain load of work out the front for the Tactix as Crampton plied her trade for the Stars. A couple of goals in a row for the Stars gave them some hope but the Tactix were intent on grinding out the game as they ran home with a 13-goal win.

Wilson had a game she would rather forget with the goal shooter only managed eight from 16 at 50 per cent leaving Hume to lead the way with her 15 goals from 20 attempts. Falkner enjoyed 16 minutes of court time slotting eight from nine the most accurate Stars shooter on court as Malesala managed eight from 11 in her quarter of netball. Crampton amassed 16 goal assists while down the other end of the court Harrison and Temu were up to their usual tricks with eight and five gains a piece including eight intercepts. Bird was unstoppable under the post with her 44 goals from 45 attempts as Selby-Rickit slotted eight at 57 per cent but did a mountainload of work out the front credit to her 30 goal assists. Burger and Watson had a field day with a staggering 22 gains. Burger finished with five intercepts and five rebounds as Watson recorded two intercepts and three deflections.

2021 ANZ Premiership: Round 13 preview

IT is going to be a huge round of ANZ Premiership action with the rescheduled contest between Central Pulse and Mainland Tactix set to open proceedings tonight. Both sides will take the court twice this round with the Tactix hoping to stay in touch with the top three.

Central Pulse vs. Mainland Tactix
Friday, July 9 @7:15pm

Having only played last week the two sides will be familiar with what to expect and ready to put their best foot forward.  The Pulse will be hoping to increase their output especially in the front-end after being kept to 34 goals while all eyes will turn to Kelly Jury and whether she is fit to return after her calf strain. Meanwhile, the Tactix will be eager to continue their winning ways and generate some real momentum.

Jury was a huge out for the Pulse last round given she is the most experienced defender in the side and plays an integral role not only in the defensive circle but so too in transition. They will be hoping to have her services at their disposal once again to accompany the likes of Kelera Nawai down in goal keeper. Nawai stepped up her game last round while the likes of Abby Erwood, Parris Mason and Paris Lokotui have all proven to be impact players out in that goal defence role. But their job is not made easy when having to combat the likes of Silver Ferns shooter, Te Paea Selby-Rickit who, even when not firing under the post, is incredibly crafty out the front with her direct passes into Ellie Bird. The goal shooter can score within a matter of seconds making her a key cog in the Tactix frontend and a huge problem for the Pulse who lack the height to compete with her in the air.

The shooting end seemed to be the real issue for the Pulse with Aliyah Dunn unable to get hands to ball. The goal shooter was accurate to post but lacked volume, an area the Pulse as a whole will need to work on if they are to worry the Tactix defence. The combination of both Jane Watson and Karin Burger is just about unstoppable when up and running given the two are able to get hands to ball so easily and create absolute havoc down in that defensive third which they will be hoping to do once again this game. Their life is made somewhat easier by the work of Charlotte Elley out the front who has proven to be a real unsung hero in the Tactix defensive unit. But if the Pulse are to get the win over the Tactix here they will need the likes of Whitney Souness and Claire Kersten to up the ante with their drives and speed to create options in attack.

Central Pulse vs. Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
Sunday, July 11 @4:15pm

The Pulse will be the first cab off the rank to play their second game in two days taking on Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic. The Magic have had moments of brilliance pushing the Steel last round but just falling short and will be hoping to put out a full four quarter performance to get the win. On the other hand the pulse will be eager to climb up the ladder and really solidify their connections across the court.

Caitlin Bassett has been a great addition to the side and showcased just how potent she can be to post last round playing the full 60 minutes. Bassett alongside Khiarna Williams are creating a damaging combination with Williams able to create a number of attacking forays with her pinpoint passes or her composure and confidence to go to post from long range. If that partnership is up and running early it could spell danger signs for the Pulse, especially if Jury is still out of action. The Magic also had the luxury of bringing on Chiara Semple out in goal attack or goal shooter to add to their versatility in the front end while they also have a wealth of depth through the midcourt. Grace Kara is arguably the most reliable and consistent wing attack for the Magic with her speed and spatial awareness coming to the fore while Tori Kolose has also proven to be a real spark. All eyes will turn to the battle between Sam Winders and Kersten while Maddy Gordon is another one to keep an eye on for the Pulse.

Te Amo Amaru-Tibble only had limited court time last round and will be raring to go against the Magic while Ivana Rowland proved she is more than capable of stepping up to the plate with her accuracy to post. She will need to bring her calm composure into this clash given the long arms of Erena Mikaere, the athleticism of Georgia Tong and physicality of Temalisi Fakahokotau, if she takes the court.

Southern Steel vs. Northern Mystics
Sunday, July 11 @6:15pm

Expect an enticing battle between two of the top sides with the Mystics looking to extend their lead atop of the ladder and the Steel aiming to leapfrog the Stars. Both sides are coming in off wins with the Mystics on a five game winning streak while the Steel are looking for their third straight victory but will have the confidence knowing they can beat the Mystics.

George Fisher returned to the court for a quarter and a bit last round after missing the previous game with concussion and will be hoping to increase her efforts in this match up against some very physical defence in the likes of Sulu Fitzpatrick and Kate Burley. The defensive options do not stop there for the Mystics with Ama Agbeze more than capable of coming on and causing a stir with her defensive prowess. Fisher is cool, calm and collected under the post with her connection with Tiana Metuarau the real game changer for the Steel. Metuarau is able to sight Fisher with great ease and can do the same thing with Grace Namana meaning the Steel have plenty of options in attack.

Through the midcourt the Steel have some real livewires with Kate Heffernan likely to come up against fellow youngster Tayla Earle. This battle will be one to cast an eye on as the pair are not known for their willingness to take a backwards step. The attack end for the Mystics is the real concern for the Steel defence in Taneisha Fifita, Te Huinga Selby-Rickit and potentially Sarahpheinna Woulf given just how quickly they can score. Grace Nweke has magnets in her hands able to grab anything that comes her way and shoot truly while both Bailey Mes and Filda Vui have proven to be viable options under the post. But the power Peta Toeava holds is what makes the Mystics tick as the wing attack controls the tempo in attack credit to her pinpoint passes from literally anywhere on the court.

Mainland Tactix vs. Northern Stars
Sunday, July 11 @7:15pm

The final game of the round is set to be a cracker as the race for the finals continues to heat up. The Stars have dropped down the ladder off the back of consecutive losses to the Mystics and will be out for vengeance while the Tactix will be fronting up for their second game of the round.

Maia Wilson will need to be on her A-game if she is to worry the Tactix defence in Watson and Burger. Jamie Hume has been a revelation this season with her increased workload and accuracy to post while the return of Monica Falkner could give the Stars the upper hand, even if she has limited court time. It will all come down to the amount of time and space Elley affords to Gina Crampton with the Stars wing attack able to carve up the court, renowned for her ability to receive just about every second pass to weave her magic in attack. If Crampton is able to break free early it will allow the Stars to generate some fluidity inside the goal circle with Mila Reuelu-Buchanan often lifting based on the workload of her midcourt partner.

One thing is for sure; Anna Harrison does not have two quiet games in a row – meaning that both Selby-Rickit and Bird will have to be on high alert. Harrison is a real ball winner for the Stars with her go-go gadget arms while both Oceane Maihi and Elle Temu are more than capable of causing a ruckus with their defensive nous and tenacity. Expect them to wear the Tactix shooters down and create some real momentum with their drives. Lisa Mather will have her work cut out for her against Kimiora Poi, Samon Nathan and Erikana Pedersen around circle edge with all three Tactix midcourters boasting blistering speed.

2021 Stats wrap: SSN Round 9 and ANZ Premiership Round 12

THERE was no shortage of impressive individual and team efforts across both the ANZ Premiership and Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) this week. Round 9 of the SSN rolled around with some upsets headlining the round while across the ditch the Northern Mystics consolidated their spot atop of the ladder.

GOALS:

It is becoming a weekly occurrence in the ANZ Premiership with Grace Nweke once again topping the table for the number of goals scored slotting 54 goals from 65 attempts to convert at 83 per cent, lower than her usual accuracy but still dominant to post. Maia Wilson increased her load for the Stars nailing 40 goals from 46 attempts while Caitlin Bassett showcased just what she is capable of with an impressive 34 goals from 35 attempts at 97 per cent. It was arguably Bassett’s best game to-date with the goal shooter starring under the post with her accuracy while Pulse goal shooter Aliyah Dunn was also accurate to post but was down on her volume finishing with 21 goals from 22 attempts. In terms of goal attacks, Khiarna Williams had a game to remember with her 20 from 23 while Tiana Metuarau also imposed herself for the Steel sinking 15 goals at 75 per cent. Ivana Rowland enjoyed her time out on court nailing 11 goals from 13 attempts for the Pulse while Te Paea Selby-Rickit was solid with her 16 goals but lacked accuracy. Speaking of lacking accuracy, Jamie Hume struggled to find her radar with 20 goals from 33 attempts at 61 per cent.

There were a number of strong performances across the board in the goal circle with West Coast Fever goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler impressing with her 47 goals from 48 attempts at 98 per cent. She was not alone when it came to accuracy with Sophie Garbin starring in her 39 minutes out on court with 31 goals at 94 per cent while Adelaide Thunderbirds shooter Lenize Potgieter upped the ante finishing with 42 goals from 45 attempts. The combination of Romelda Aiken and Gretel Bueta was back to its damaging best with the pair scoring 39 and 23 goals respectively at a combined 87 per cent. Helen Housby had a hot hand from super shot range sinking four of her five attempts while also shooting at 100 per cent from the one zone. Cara Koenen was a strong force under the post for the Lightning sinking 26 goals from 30 attempts while Steph Wood also found her groove shooting at 94 per cent. Meanwhile Kaylia Stanton arguably had her best game to date finishing with 18 goals from 21 attempts as Mwai Kumwenda was up to her usual tricks with 34 goals.

MIDCOURT:

Northern Stars wing attack Gina Crampton led the competition for goal assists this round racking up 35 with her precise ball placement consistently coming to the fore, as did Peta Toeava with the Northern Mystics wing attack amassing a team-high 26. Whitney Souness was the go-to girl for the Pulse finishing with 21 goal assists while Sam Winders led the charge for the Magic with 21 of her own. Shannon Saunders was electric with ball in hand for her 19 goal assists as Kate Heffernan impressed both in defence and offence with her nine assists and two gains. Both Kimiora Poi and Tayla Earle had strong performances through the centre with seven goal assists and two intercepts for Poi and 14 goal assists and an intercept for Earle. There is no denying that Charlotte Elley was the pick of the crop in wing defence with the Tactix speedster collecting an intercept and two deflections.

It was a standout performance from Maisie Nankivell with the Adelaide Thunderbirds wing attack amassing 31 goal assists with the next closest Queensland Firebirds centre Kim Ravaillion with 29. It did not stop there for Ravaillion as she also picked up three deflections and a gain. Verity Charles proved to be the go-to girl for the Fever collecting 23 goal assists and two deflections while in her milestone 100th game Maddy Proud made her presence felt racking up 18 goal assists, three deflections and an intercept. For the Lightning it was Laura Scherian that paved the way with her 12 goal assists meanwhile Hannah Mundy and Kate Moloney recorded 15 and 10 respectively. Kelsey Browne led the charge for the Pies with 14 while Ash Brazill got plenty of hands to ball with her two gains and four deflections. Speaking of wing defences and both Shadine van der Merwe and Kate Eddy had impactful games for their respective sides with the former registering two intercepts and three deflections while Eddy managed three gains. Jamie-Lee Price also racked up the defensive stats with her two gains and four deflections.

DEFENCE:

Defensively the Tactix had the run of the mill with Jane Watson and Karin Burger impressing down back. Watson finished with four intercepts, a pickup and a rebound as Burger collected two intercepts and three gains. Kelera Nawai was strong for the Pulse with her two intercepts and three rebounds while Sulu Fitzpatrick showcased her wares both in goal keeper and goal defence for the Mystics to accrue five gains. Anna Harrison was a shining light for the Stars picking up four deflections and three gains as Erena Mikaere run amuck for the Magic finishing with eight gains including two intercepts. Teammate Georgia Tong also got hands to ball with her three gains.

It is hard to go past the efforts of Shamera Sterling with the Thunderbirds goal keeper picking up a whopping eight intercepts to accompany her five gains and six deflections. Geva Mentor also imposed herself with six deflections and three gains as the Firebirds duo in Kim Jenner and Tara Hinchliffe ran riot combining for 11 deflections, four intercepts and five rebounds. Courtney Bruce was at her damaging best for the Fever continuously getting hands to ball credit to her nine deflections and three intercepts as Lightning’s Karla Pretorius showcased her star power with seven gains. Emily Mannix did not skip a beat upon her return with four intercepts and two gains as partner in crime Jo Weston also got busy with her three deflections.

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Mystics make it three from three in Northern Derby

NORTHERN Mystics made it three from three with an eight-goal win (69-61) over Northern Stars to further solidify their standings atop of the ladder. Having played only days earlier the Stars were unable to muster enough firepower to combat the Mystics who seemed to have things all their own way winning three out of the four quarters.

It was a scrappy start to the game for the Stars with Jamie Hume returning from injury but throwing ball away first with a missed shot and then a held ball. It then quickly transitioned down the other end of the court and while Grace Nweke came up short she made no mistake on the second attempt. The early break gave the Mystics the upper hand with Bailey Mes using her pinpoint feeds into Nweke to carve up the defence. It was hard for the Stars to penetrate in attack with the Mystics employing some strong hands over pressure and forcing the Stars to move laterally rather than look directly into the circle. Hume had the yips early forcing Maia Wilson to carry the load while up the other end it was the familiar route of the high release into Nweke that was giving the home side the advantage. Things were not going to plan inside the circle for the Stars with Wilson missing back-to-back goals, but Gina Crampton’s nous around circle edge enabled her to get hands to the turnover both times and release ball back into the shooters.

Although the Mystics had a hard time finding circle edge it did not bother them as the likes of Tayla Earle and Peta Toeava released with great confidence from range time and time again. A two-goal buffer quickly turned into a three-goal lead credit to the defensive work of Earle to cherry pick a pass in the attacking third. Three goals in a row from the Mystics gifted them the upper hand and prompted the Stars to make a change with Greer Sinclair coming onto replace Lisa Mather. Anna Harrison and Elle Temu were working in overdrive to nullify the influence of Nweke but it was to no avail as the Stars skipped out to a four goal lead.

Looking for a change at quarter time Harrison pushed out to goal defence as Temu slotted back into goal keeper. Neither side was able to break stride, going for goal as the four goal buffer remained. Inaccuracy was a factor for both sides in the first few minutes before they settled into their rhythm. The Stars were well and truly getting found out down in defence racking up 24 penalties solely split between Harrison and Temu while up the other end the Mystics were clean and classy. Earle was having a field day up against Mila Reuelu-Buchanan as the centre controlled proceedings through the midcourt.

The Stars were inspired by some Harrison magic before Crampton also filled her stats sheet with an intercept of her own. There was no easy passage to goal as Kate Burley and Sulu Fitzpatrick clogged up the space forcing the Stars to play the ball around but their composed and patient approach allowed them to eat into the deficit. A four-goal deficit was dwindled down to two but the errant shooting of Hume continued to cost the Stars. A late rally from the Mystics undid all the hard work the Stars had done to get back within the contest as the three-goal buffer was restored.

The intensity continued in the third quarter with the Stars shooting end unable to score with their usual level of accuracy while the Mystics were making it look easy. Struggling to find her mojo in the opening half, Mes moved to the bench as Filda Vui was injected into the thick of things. She wasted no time having an impact, with her accuracy to post and crafty court play coming to the fore. Toeava showcased her class and strength to keep herself from falling offside and then propel the ball back down the court, but it was all the Stars as they nailed three goals straight to level the scores as Monica Falkner entered the fray for the first time since the beginning of the season.

The goal-for-goal ball-game continued for a large part of the term before once again the Mystics managed to find a way to pull ahead thanks to three consecutive goals. Both sides looked to the bench with Ama Agbeze pulling on the goal keeper bib and Oceane Maihi coming on in the same position for the Stars. Every time the Mystics appeared to put the foot down the Stars found a way to stay within touching distance and remain in the hunt but a sloppy couple of final minutes cost them any sort of momentum.

The final quarter was action-packed as the Stars looked to turn the tables on their previous two encounters. Hume re-entered the contest and came on with a hot hand but the issue remained the same with the Stars unable to find any easy avenue to post. That was not the case up the other end as the Mystics pulled out the party tricks releasing the ball from just about anywhere to hit Nweke holding strong under the post. A rally of three goals straight saw the Mystics push out to a six-goal lead and a costly offensive contact from Wilson saw the ball change hands. With the home strait in sight the Mystics put the foot down to get the job done and seal the deal by eight goals.

Nweke was down on her usual accuracy but still managed to hit the scoreboard with great proficiency finishing with 54 goals from 65 attempts while Vui came on with a point to prove adding 11 goals at 79 per cent. Toeava wreaked havoc amassing 26 goal assists as Earle also had an influence with her 14 goal assists and intercept, while Fitzpatrick had a hand in just about everything finishing with five gains. Wilson led the way for the Stars with 40 goals from 46 attempts at 87 per cent while Hume nailed 20 from 33 at a lowly 61 per cent. Crampton was the main feeder racking up 35 goal assists as Harrison posed a threat down back with her three gains.

2021 ANZ Premiership: Round 12 preview

IN a copy of Round 11’s ANZ Premiership action, Round 12 will see the same match-ups take place, only with different home venues. Central Pulse and Mainland Tactix will be eager to get out on court after missing last round due to the COVID-19 alert in place.

Northern Mystics vs. Northern Stars
Sunday, July 4 @4:15pm

The Northern Mystics have had the wood over the Northern Stars this season claiming the two wins so far this season and will be looking to make it a clean sweep. The Stars have showcased some glimpses of magic but have been unable to combat the scoring flow of the Mystics who stole top spot off them.

There is going to be plenty of feeling in this clash with the Stars eager to get one back here. The main source of pain in both their outings this season has been Peta Toeava with the Mystics wing attack showcasing her dominance to hit circle edge. Toeava only needs an inch of space to feed the ball into Grace Nweke meaning the Stars defenders in Elle Temu, Anna Harrison and Oceane Maihi will have to address. It will be interesting to see if the Stars opt with the same tactics as last round, with Harrison attacking Toeava on the feed with her three foot marking. But the Mystics will take plenty of confidence in knowing that even if Nweke and Toeava are somewhat smothered the likes of Bailey Mes, Filda Vui and Saviour Tui are game changers in the goal circle while Tayla Earle is a menace in centre. Earle will come up against Mila Reuelu-Buchanan who is in equally good form, making that match-up through the centre a key contest.

Inside the circle the Stars have proven they have options with Amorangi Malesala getting the nod last week and not disappointing. Her willingness to go to post, silky drives and accuracy to post alleviated the pressure for Maia Wilson. But the goal shooter has been a bit off the boil and will be hoping to get back to her damaging best. She will have her work cut out for her against Sulu Fitzpatrick and Kate Burley with the pair becoming incredibly hard to match-up against. Throw in the fact the Mystics have Ama Agbeze at their disposal as well and the Stars will need their A-game in attack. It would be remiss not to mention Jamie Hume who has been a revelation this season while Gina Crampton has not missed a beat with her pinpoint feeds.

Mainland Tactix vs. Central Pulse
Sunday, July 4 @6:15pm

With their Round 11 match to be rescheduled, the Tactix and Pulse will just be keen to get out on court. The Tactix need to win if they are to stay in touch with the top three while the Pulse will be hoping to improve their ladder standings and get a bit of respectability back.

Having an extra week off will allow this game to be played at a high intensity for a full 60 minutes. Ellie Bird and Te Paea Selby-Rickit are the ones to watch for the Tactix with the latter a real barometer for her side. If Kelly Jury is able to implement her three-foot marking early and get in the head of Selby-Rickit it will work in favour of the Pulse given just how much of a load the goal attack carries in the frontend. Still trying to solidify a player in that wing defence position the Pulse will be hoping that either Claire Kersten or Maddy Gordon is able to combat Samon Nathan who has been in ripping form around circle edge with her drives and quick hands while Kimiora Poi is another livewire through the midcourt for the Tactix.

Looking up the other end of the court and it does not get any easier for the Pulse with the Tactix boasting the services of Jane Watson and Karin Burger down in defence. The pair have grown with confidence over the past couple of rounds and will be looking to double team Aliyah Dunn under the post and force the likes of Te Amo Amaru-Tibble or potentially Whitney Souness to shoulder the load. The Pulse are at their best when Dunn and Amaru-Tibble are able to share the load so will be hoping to use their movement to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The Tactix also have unsung hero Charlotte Elley out in wing defence with the midcourter often flying under the radar given the amount of work she does off the ball which does not always translate into big stats.

Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic vs. Southern Steel
Monday, July 5 @7:15pm

The final game of the round sees Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic host Southern Steel. After going down by a whopping 15 goals, the Magic will be hoping to turn their fortunes around and put out a more competitive performance while the Steel will be hoping for the return of George Fisher.

Although all eyes will turn to see if Fisher is available, Steel fans will take plenty of confidence out of the performance from Grace Namana and Tiana Metuarau with the pair lighting the court up with their dynamism. Namana was cool, calm and composed while Metuarau showcased just how dominant she can be when afforded enough time and space to go to post herself. The Magic defenders in Erena Mikaere, Temalisi Fakahokotau and Georgia Tong will need to up the ante and shut down the shooter-to-shooter interplay if they are any chance to get a win. Holly Fowler has been crucial since her return and will have her hands full with Shannon Saunders given her speed and strength particularly around circle edge.

The midcourt contest between Kate Heffernan and Sam Winders is going to be one to watch with neither willing to take a backwards step and possessing more of a defensive mindset. But if Grace Kara is once again out of action it will be up to Winders to lead the attacking end with her drive to the top of the circle and deft passes in. Tori Kolose has shown glimpses but if the Steel are able to create doubt on the feed into Caitlin Bassett, Chiara Semple and Khiarna Williams then they will be in the box seat to take out the win. Bassett has been in strong form but has lacked full court time but will be eager to lead her side to victory if given the opportunity. Up against up and coming defender Taneisha Fifita along with Te Huinga Selby-Rickit and Sarahpheinna Woulf the Magic will have to have their wits about them given all three are ball-hungry players.

2021 Stats wrap: SSN Round 8 and ANZ Premiership Round 11

IT was a chaotic round of Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) and ANZ Premiership action with one game from each round abandoned due to COVID-19 clusters impacting play. But that did not stop the three games that did happen across the two competitions from producing some impressive performances as we delve into the leading stats-getters in Rounds 8 and 11, respectively.

GOALS:

It was another superb outing for Grace Nweke with the Northern Mystics goal shooter dominating at the post with her accuracy and high volume. She led all-comers in Round 11 of the ANZ with 55 goals from 59 attempts at 93 per cent. Next best was Maia Wilson with the Northern Stars shooter upping the ante after a couple of quiet weeks as she finished with 35 goals from 41. Partner in crime, Amorangi Malesala had a game to remember with the goal attack relishing the starting position slotting 22 goals at 82 per cent. Without George Fisher, it was Grace Namana that got the call-up and did not disappoint with her 34 goals from 37 attempts at 92 per cent. Tiana Metuarua was also up to the task using her smooth movement and accuracy to add to the total with 30 from 31. The Magic shared the shooting load around with Caitlin Bassett topping the table with her 21 goals from 22 attempts while Khiarna Williams managed 18 from 20 and Chiara Semple slotted 11 from 16 in her 37 minutes on court.

With only one SSN game this week it was Magpies goal shooter, Shimona Nelson who commanded the ball and imposed herself on the scoreboard with a whopping 52 goals from 57 attempts at 91 per cent. Gabby Sinclair played a handy supplementary role with her 13 goals from 15 attempts and 26 goal assists, while Lightning goal shooter, Cara Koenen was also potent to post draining 46 goals from 54 attempts. She received good support from Peace Proscovia with 11 from 13 and Steph Wood with nine from 12 and 19 goal assists to help her side over the line.

MIDCOURT:

It was the Peta Toeava show once again as the crafty wing attack controlled proceedings from the Mystics and recorded a round-high 27 goal assists. She also racked up 30 centre pass receives highlighting just how much work she does out on court. Gina Crampton was not far off the pace credit to her 26 goal assists as teammate Mila Reuelu-Buchanan also featured highly with 25 assists. Tayla Earle was influential through the centre picking up two intercepts and a deflection while also amassing 15 goal assists. Kate Heffernan had a hot hand with her 19 goal assists as Shannon Saunders also did not skip a beat with her 20 and 19 centre pass receives. Sam Winders was at her damaging best for the Magic racking up 17 goal assists and an intercept as Holly Fowler proved to be dynamic in wing defence with her two gains.

Both goal attacks led the charge with goal assists in the SSN but the efforts from the midcourters did not go unnoticed. Laura Scherian and Mahalia Cassidy were dynamic for the Lightning recording 15 and 12 goal assists apiece as the injection of Binnian Hunt saw her notch up three. Molly Jovic was the next cab off the rank after Sinclair amassing 16 assists as Kelsey Browne found her groove with 14 and 24 centre pass receives. Ash Brazill was also influential through the middle with her defensive nous coming to the fore thanks to her two deflections and an intercept.

DEFENCE:

Southern Steel goal keeper, Taneisha Fifita was a real presence down in defence racking up the deflections and intercepts credit to her read of the play and quick footwork. Fifita finished with seven gains to her name, with two of them intercepts. Sarahpheinna Woulf was also in the thick of it getting plenty of hands to ball with her three deflections and one intercept. Elle Temu and Anna Harrison were down on their lofty standards but still managed to record a combined six gains and eight deflections. Kate Burley made use of her closing speed and defensive nous with two intercepts as Sulu Fitzpatrick led the way for her side in defence credit to her three gains.

Jamaican international and Collingwood Magpies goal defence Jodi-Ann Ward was in just about everything in her outing. It was a stats-stuffing performance as she collected an impressive four intercepts, six deflections and two pick-ups as Geva Mentor racked up eight deflections of her own. Karla Pretorius was the main ball winner for Sunshine Coast with her two intercepts and two pickups.

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