Ladder gets a shakeup across the ditch

AS the halfway point of the season is fast approaching in the ANZ Premiership, things are starting to get a bit of a shake up in terms of the ladder.

In the tightest result of last weekend, the Magic have reversed the result from Round 1 and pinched a 48 goal to 47 goal win over the Pulse.

Both sides traded blows initially, but it was the visitors who were the first to get out to any kind of lead, albeit a small one.

The Pulse took a while but did eventually level up things, but it was consistently a tight and tough contest in the opening 15 minutes. Neither side were giving an inch and the tiniest of mistakes was all it took to cause a turnover.

However, it was the home side who took a narrow lead into the first break by the slimmest of margins.

After both sides began the second quarter it was the Magic who raced out to an early lead. The Pulse scored one goal early, then the Magic went on a run as the Pulse seemed to lose confidence under their attacking ring. The Pulse went over five minutes between their first goal of the quarter and their second.

The margin got up to five goals but then the Pulse found their confidence and worked their way back into the game.

They got within one, but a late run from the Magic ensured that would be as close as they would get for the term, with the visitors taking a three goal lead into the main break.

The Pulse got off to the much start of the two sides in the second half, and had levelled things up inside the opening two and a half minutes of the quarter, and thanks to a perfectly executed tip from Kelly Jury they had the lead a minute and a half later.

However thanks to a tip up the other end from Erena Mikaere the Magic were able to level up things again with about six minutes to go.

They kept building and went on a solid run to take a lead, but the Pulse fought back to draw level again as the three quarter time siren went.

The Pulse built an early advantage in the last term, but it was not safe enough one as the Magic kept fighting.

The Pulse soon found out how unsafe their lead was as the Magic took it away about halfway through the term.

However, their lead was not more than one as the teams continued to trade blows and the intensity that had been there all afternoon continued.

With just under two minutes to go, both sides were level and the match could have gone either way.

The Magic scored their last goal to take the lead with just over a minute to go, then the Pulse tried to kill some time to ensure the Magic could not score again, but took too long to score and missed the one shot they had regardless.

For the Magic Mikaere finished with a whopping six gains, while Simmon Wilbore (25 feeds, 17 assists) and Claire Kersten (20 feeds, 10 assists) were busy through midcourt.

Meanwhile for the Pulse Jury finishing with a whopping seven gains and six deflections, while Whitney Souness (30 assists, 15 assists) also had a great game.

In other results:

  • The Mystics began their big weekend with a solid 16 goal win over the Steel.

The Steel were only two goals behind at the first break, but a 19 goal to nine second quarter in favour of the visitors changed the narrative of the game pretty quickly.

Phoenix Karaka (seven gains, six deflections, three rebounds, two intercepts) was busy for the Mystics, as was Elisapeta Toeava (36 feeds, 28 assists).

Meanwhile Ivari Christie (25 feeds, nine assists, two deflections) and Kate Burley (five gains, four deflections, two intercepts and a rebound) both had a great game for the Steel.

  • In the top of the table clash, it was the Stars who prevailed by nine goals over the Tactix.

Although the Tactix won the third quarter, it was not by enough to counter the lead the Stars had built in the first half, and the Stars went on to win the last term anyway.

Mila Reuelu-Buchanan (42 feeds, 19 assists, two gains, two intercepts, one deflection) and Gina Crampton (42 feeds, 25 assists, one gain, one intercept, one deflection) were again brilliant for the Stars, while Jane Watson (five gains, three intercepts, three deflections) had a great game for the Tactix.

  • In the final game of the weekend, the Mystics made it two from two for the weekend with a five goal win over the Pulse.

For the Mystics, Carys Stythe (six gains, six deflections, one rebound) had a great game in defence, while Toeava (35 feeds, 27 assists) had another solid game in defence.

Meanwhile for the Pulse, Jury (six gains, three deflections, two intercepts, two rebounds) was again solid in defence, as was Souness (31 feeds, 25 assists) through mid court.

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