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Mystics impress against Mainland Tactix to claim a four goal victory

NORTHERN Mystics ended their home and away season on a high, denying Mainland Tactix the chance of hosting the elimination final next week with a four-goal win, 63-59. It was a tight tussle between the two teams but it was the Mystics that held sway for majority of the game and were intent on winning, having already secured their spot in the grand final.

The two goal shooters opened the accounts for their respective sides with Ellie Bird and Grace Nweke hitting the scoreboard in a matter of moments. Te Paea Selby-Rickit had her radar on nice and early for the Tactix alleviating the pressure on Bird while Filda Vui got her first start of the season for the Northern Mystics and did not skip a beat. It was blow for blow in the first five minutes of the game with neither side able to pull away. It was turning into a shooting masterclass with all four goalers out on court more than happy to shoot from absolutely anywhere in the circle and do so at a high accuracy. The Tactix and Mystics were treasuring possession with the first turnover not coming until the six minute mark of the quarter with the Mystics capitalising off the soft hands of Bird.

Jane Watson took advantage of her long limbs to create a turnover and within a blink of an eye the Tactix levelled the score and then stole the lead thanks to their ability to convert off the centre pas. Peta Toeava was having a field day with the wing attack releasing the ball with such confidence. Every time the Tactix seemed to get their noses in front the Mystics found a way to flip the script, extending the lead back out to two goals. a missed shot from Selby-Rickit handed possession back into the hands of the Mystics and they did not muck around with Nweke knocking it down before Vui answered the call moments layer for the Mystics to go into half time up by four goals.

The first couple of minutes of the second quarter well and truly favoured the Tactix slotting five goals in a row to tie things. A couple of big defensive wins started to fall the way of the Tactix as they started to kick into gear and chance down the Mystics. The double defence over the shot was not fazing either of  the Mystics shooters as they went on a four  goal spree of their own. Kimiora Poi upped the ante for the Tactix especially in attack with the centre working in overdrive to reset play around circle edge. Charlotte Elley was starting to get found out with Toeava showing her hand both in attack and defence as the Mystics skipped out to a whopping seven-goal lead.

Things were starting to fall apart in the attacking end for the Tactix with Samon Nathan unable to find a wealth of space around circle while Elley moved to the bench allowing Sophia Fenwick to enter the fray for the Tactix in wing defence. Claire O’Brien entered the contest for the Mystics with both sides throwing the bibs around to find an extra gear. The wing attack came on with a hot hand and excellent timing around circle edge to help the Mystics maintain that nine goal margin heading into half time.

Both sides made a raft of changes after half time with Erikana Pedersen getting the call-up in wing attack for the Tactix while the experienced Bailey Mes came on in goal attack for the Mystics. The Tactix started to rally scoring three goals in a row but were still a step off the pace. Karin Burger received a warning in what could have proven to be a turning point of the game with the goal defence on high alert but it did not seem to faze her as she went out hunting for ball. Pedersen impressed with her defensive nous to reel in an intercept while her class around circle edge paid off with Bird relishing the pinpoint feeds as they reduced the margin to five goals.

The intensity rose from both sides as they contest hard for each and every pass. Ama Agbeze replaced Kate Burley in goal defence with her long arms and experience having an impact. It was turning into a battle of the goal keepers with Sulu Fitzpatrick starring up one end of the court and Watson down the other with the pair getting hands to ball. It was a mammoth effort from the Tactix as the midcourt defence kicked up a gear and Burger started to become a damaging factor in defence as they reduced the margin from nine to three at three quarter time.

It was a scrappy start to the final quarter with a couple of errant passes marring the opening minutes. The connection between Mes and Nweke was something special as the Mystics increased the margin to five and did not look like taking their foot off the pedal. Phoenix Karaka got some valuable court time for the Mystics out in goal defence as they continued to tick along and grind out the game to secure a hard fought win with Fa’amu Ioane also proving to be a key cog in the defensive unit with her constant pressure.

Bird was as strong as ever under the post nailing 42 goals from 44 attempts at an impressive 96 per cent while Selby-Rickit lacked that level of accuracy shooting at 68 per cent thanks to her 17 goals from 25 attempts but managed 15 goal assists. Pedersen was solid with her 15 goal assists while defensively the combination of Burger and Watson picked up five gains and three deflections. Nweke was unstoppable once again producing a whopping 49 goals from 51 attempts as Vui also starred with her 11 from 13. Toeava led the charge with her 17 goal assists as Earle also imposed herself with 15 goal assists and two gains. Fitzpatrick was at her best recording five gains in the win.

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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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.

2021 Stats wrap: SSN Round 10 and ANZ Premiership Round 13

IT was another action packed round of Suncorp Super Netball and ANZ Premiership with both competitions playing host to a number of surprise upsets with lower placed teams toppling their higher ranked opponents. We delve into the individual statistical performance of a couple of key cogs across the two leagues.

GOALS

It was dominant shooting display from Ellie Bird with the Mainland Tactix goal shooter slotting an impressive 44 goals from 45 attempts, with her only miss coming in the early stages of the first term. Grace Nweke was another tall timber that fired on all cylinders in Round 13 putting up a round high 50 goals from 57 attempts at 88 per cent accuracy. In terms of accuracy and volume, Aliyah Dunn skyrocketed up the rankings with her 41 goals from 44 attempts in the Pulse’s first win in five games, while George Fisher was back to her best slotting 39 goals from 41 attempts. Partner in crime Tiana Metuarau was also strong to post credit to her 22 goals at 85 per cent, as Magic shooter Khiarna Williams slotted 20 goals from 23 attempts at 87 per cent. Te Amo Amaru-Tibble was in fine form for the Pulse nailing 14 goals while Jamie Hume was consistent for the Stars with her 15 goals from 20 attempts. Although it was not the most accurate shooting performance from Te Paea Selby-Rickit only converting at 57 per cent it was her goal assists that shone recording 30 for the game.

There were a couple of shooters in the SSN that managed to get through the round with an unblemished record as Sam Wallace slotted 33 from 33 and West Coast Fever star Jhaniele Fowler managed 45 straight. Lenize Potgieter was almost a member of the 100 per cent group finishing with 37 goals from 38 attempts at 97 per cent while Gretel Bueta only missed the solitary shot with her 13 from 14 goal performance. Cara Koenen was also in scintillating form for the Lightning slotting 43 from 48 at 90 per cent as Steph Wood also stepped up to the plate nailing 19 goals from 21 attempts while also registering 18 goal assists. Mwai Kumwenda was once again the go to girl for the Melbourne Vixens recording 31 goal with a whopping eight super shots to her name. Firebirds pair Romelda Aiken was high on volume but down on accuracy managing 42 goals at 79 per cent as Shimona Nelson put up 37 goals from 44 attempts. The combination of Sophie Dwyer and Jo Harten was on full display as the pair managed 31 and 24 goals piece.

MIDCOURT

Through the midcourt it was Whitney Souness that led the charge with her 23 goal assists and work at the centre pass to rack up 26 centre pass receives. Peta Toeava was somewhat down on her lofty standards but still managed to record 22 goal assists while also picking up an intercept while Steel stalwart Shannon Saunders also impressed with her 22 goal assists and two intercepts. Renee Savai’inaea was in fine form collecting three gains, two of which were intercepts along with two deflections. Gina Crampton and Mila Reuelu-Buchanan shared the load in attack for the Stars with 16 and 15 goal assists respectively. Sam Winders was crafty with ball in hand for the Magic racking up 16 goal assists and collecting an intercept while Tayla Earle was influential credit to her 17 goal assists and intercept.

Maddie Hay was a real livewire out in wing attack for the GIANTS with her 23 goal assists, two intercepts and two deflections. Fellow GIANTS representative Amy Parmenter had a real pep in her step racking up four deflections and two intercepts. Kim Ravaillion continued her hot form with 19 goal assists, three intercepts and two deflections to keep the Firebirds motoring along while in her 50th game Hannah Petty upped the ante with her 20 goal assists and three deflections. Verity Charles controlled proceedings for the Fever with her 24 goal assists and intercept while in the Lightning camp it was speedster Laura Scherian that seemed to have the ball on a string racking up 11 goal assists and two deflections. teammate Mahalia Cassidy also hit her straps in the win amassing 10 goal assists, two intercepts and deflection. Maddy Proud’s season only continues to get better as the NSW Swifts centre recorded 19 goal assists and an intercept as Tayla Fraser plied her trade in wing defence collecting two deflections. Hannah Mundy led the charge for the Vixens topping the table with her 10 goal assists.

DEFENCE

It is hard to go past the performances of Jane Watson and Karin Burger with the two defenders working in overdrive and gathering the stats to prove it. Watson amassed 10 gains in her outing on the weekend including two intercepts along with three deflections. burger took things up another notch with her 12 gains including five intercepts, five rebounds and four deflections. Anna Harrison was a ball magnet in defence collecting eight gains, four intercepts and six deflections as teammate Elle Temu chimed in with five gains and four intercepts. Mystics captain Sulu Fitzpatrick was a force to be reckoned with down back with her four gains and two intercepts as Kate Burley recorded one intercept and four deflections. Kelera Nawai and Kelly Jury combined for six gains and six deflections in the Pulse’s win.

Defensively it is hard to go past the services of Sarah Klau who had a hand in just about everything with her 11 gains and 11 deflections. Fellow goal keeper Courtney Bruce collecting three intercepts and six deflections as Lightning defender Phumza Maweni was on fire with her two intercepts and two deflections. Partner in crime Karla Pretorius was also influential with her four deflections and two gains. Firebirds power duo Kim Jenner and Tara Hinchliffe were back to their usual tricks with a combined six gains and nine deflections highlighting their defensive nous. Shamera Sterling was down on her lofty standards but still managed three intercepts and six deflections as fellow Jamaican Jodi-Ann Ward had a standout performance for the Magpies with her 10 gains including a staggering six intercepts and four deflections.

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Steel cause huge upset with a three goal win over top-of-the-table Mystics

SOUTHERN Steel claimed a huge upset win over the top-of-the-table Northern Mystics in the ANZ Premiership by three points last night (61-58). In front of a home crowd, the Steel managed to muster up something special to hand the Mystics their first loss in five games, credit to their full court defensive pressure.

It was the two goal shooters that were dominating early, with George Fisher and Grace Nweke doing the heavy lifting for their respective sides. Kate Heffernan was finding good space in attack for the Steel, hitting circle edge with great conviction to slice through the Mystics’ defence. Both sides had a sense of composure and calmness about them out on court, as they looked to throw the ball around and wait for an opening inside the circle. The Steel went on a mini run with a handy pickup from Tiana Metuarau in the centre third kickstarting a flurry of goals. Despite the Steel going up by three goals, the Mystics found a way to peg the margin back and get onto level pegging highlighting the intensity of the match.

The Steel managed three goals in a row to once again hit the lead but the connection between Nweke and Peta Toeava shone through for the Mystics. The defensive structure from the Mystics increases as they forced a held ball credit to their smothering defence. There were tips and intercepts aplenty of Fa’amu Ioane came to life in defence for the Mystics, while Kate Burley also starred with her fancy footwork to read the play and cleanly intercept the ball. Nweke continued her merry way under the post for the Mystics, rewarding her defenders for their efforts. Costly and uncharacteristic errors from both sides dictated the final few minutes of the term but it was the Steel that still managed to keep their noses in front.

The lead crept out to the highest margin of the night with the Steel establishing a four-goal buffer which quickly pushed out to five-goal lead. The Mystics looked somewhat frazzled out on court, unable to penetrate the defensive unit of the Steel and lacked their usual timing. Shannon Saunders was proving to be a maestro in attack, receiving just about every second pass to create a wealth of attacking forays for her side. the two goal keepers in Sulu Fitzpatrick and Taneisha Fifita that were doing the heavy lifting for their sides as they worked in overdrive to win back possession. The Steel were keen on holding onto their five goal lead constantly hunting for turnover ball to punish in attack.

Another three-goal run for the Steel allowed them to extend the buffer out to six goals, as the Mystics struggled to find answers for Metuarau and Fisher inside the circle. The pair were finding a wealth of space while they also impressed with their accuracy. After a quiet start, Bailey Mes was forced to the bench as Filda Vui came on in goal attack. the Mystics were not the only ones to make a change  as Sarahpheinna Woulf also sprung into action out in goal defence. It was a chaotic final minute of play as Fitzpatrick starred with her athleticism before Heffernan answered the call with her own bit of fancy footwork. Ioane was insistent on not missing out on the party coming through with some real speed to cherry pick a pass as Nweke capped things off with a much needed goal.

Only two goals separated the two sides at half time but that was short lived as the Mystics managed consecutive goals to level the scores. Vui made a good impact since coming onto the court while held ball calls seemed to be the flavour of the match as the ball changed hands time and time again. But every time the Mystics got back within striking distance, the Steel managed to find another gear to kick into going up by three goals.

It was a topsy turvy match as momentum swung back and forth with neither side able to really leave a lasting impact. Te Huinga Selby-Rickit was influential through transition, helping out the transverse line to allow the Steel to reset as the home side once again extended out to a three goal lead after being even. Looking for a spark the Mystics headed to the bench as Ama Agbeze entered the fray in at goal keeper as Fitzpatrick pushed out to goal defence. Ioane was proving to be a real nuisance but a lack of discipline from the visitors continued to cost them important ball.

The final quarter lived up to the hype as Nweke delivered back to back goals to draw level once again. The intensity rose in the arena as the clock ticked down with neither team willing to relent on their pressure given what was at stake. Metuarau stood up for the Steel with Fisher well covered by the Mystics defenders. Despite all the best efforts of the Mystics they simply could not do enough to eat into the two goal buffer. Phoenix Karaka made her long awaited return after giving birth and it did not take long for the goal keeper to make an impact down back. But in the end it was the Steel that walked away with a very important win when it comes to ladder standings.

Fisher was remarkable to post once again finishing with 39 goals from 41 attempts at 95 per cent accuracy, while Metuarau was also in hot form shooting 22 goals at 85 per cent to accompany her 21 goal assists. Speaking of goal assists, Saunders also found her groove for the Steel recording 24 for the game along with two intercepts. Savai’inaea impressed out in wing defence with her two intercepts as Fifita amassed two intercepts. Nweke was down on her accuracy sitting at 88 per cent but still managed 50 goals while Vui shot at 100 per cent for her six goals. Toeava racked up 22 goal assists while Fitzpatrick managed four gains as Burley amassed two 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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2021 ANZ Premiership: Team of the Week – Round 12

ALL three games managed to be played in Round 12 of the ANZ Premiership with a couple of big wins dictating the Team of the Week. The Mainland Tactix dominated the team with three players while the Magic also had a number of stars.

GS: Grace Nweke (Northern Mystics)
GA: Khiarna Williams (Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic)
WA: Gina Crampton (Northern Stars)
C: Kimiora Poi (Mainland Tactix)
WD: Charlotte Elley (Mainland Tactix)
GD: Sulu Fitzpatrick (Northern Mystics)
GK: Jane Watson (Mainland Tactix)

BENCH: Caitlin Bassett (Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic), Sam Winders, (Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic), Karin Burger

Although her accuracy was well and truly down from her usual lofty standards, Grace Nweke still starred to earn another starting position in Draft Central’s Team of the Week. The goal shooter took a while to get going but once she did there was no stopping her as Nweke’s height and footwork enabled her to plant herself under the post and score with relative ease. Nweke’s elevation and strong hands allowed her to rip the ball out of the air as she piled on 54 goals from 61 attempts, the highest of any goaler in the round. It is a very youthful shooting end with 18-year-old goal attack Khiarna Williams also getting the nod. She showcased her range and versatility throughout her 60 minutes out on court. Able to play both a feeding and shooting role, Williams imposed herself for the Magic using her turn of speed and netball smarts to have a profound impact. Her accuracy to post was paramount only missing three of her 23 attempts, goaling at 87 per cent.

Although her side did not get the win, Gina Crampton was in ripping form around circle edge using her speed and change of direction to carve up the defence. Her 1-2 punch enabled her to deliver pinpoint passes into the circle time and time again while her footwork allowed her to claim prime real estate atop the circle as she racked up 55 goal assists. Out in centre is Kimiora Poi with the Mainland Tactix energiser bunny in just about everything. Her dynamism both in attack and defence was causing mayhem for the opposition teams as she consistently came from nowhere to cherry pick passes out of mid-air. Her blistering speed combined with her strength came to the fore in Round 12 prompting her to receive the starting centre bib. Teammate and wing defence Charlotte Elley was also in damaging form from the opening whistle and immediately injected herself into the thick of things. Her closing speed, scrapping ability around circle edge and defensive nous enabled her to consistently get hands to ball while her cleanliness was also paramount.

Down in defence it is a couple of seasoned campaigners with Sulu Fitzpatrick re-positioned out to goal defence and Jane Watson starring in goal keeper. Fitzpatrick spent her time both in goal keeper and goal defence and did not skip a beat with the captain running amok with her deceptive closing speed and read of the play allowing her to get hands to ball. She finished with five gains and four deflections to her name. Partner in crime and Tactix captain, Watson was a rock down in keeper with her movement and spatial awareness impressing throughout the game. Her lean over the shot allowed her to get in the head of her opponents while her fancy footwork helped to shut down the space and win ball back finishing with four intercepts and six gains.

Caitlin Bassett was unlucky not to get the nod in the starting goal shooter bib only missing one goal while teammate Sam Winders also impressed through the midcourt with her feed into the circle and defensive nous. Speaking of defensive nous, Karin Burger rounds out the squad with another strong showing for the Tactix.

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.