Nail-biters galore in ANZ Premiership

SMALL margins were the order of the weekend in the ANZ Premiership, with no team winning by more than nine goals. We take a look at how the three games went down.

Magic back on the winners list with Steely win

The WBOP Magic are back on the winners list after they defeated the Southern Steel by nine goals. The Steel were actually the ones to get the better of the starts to the match and led by three goals at the first change.

However after quarter time the Magic worked their way back into the match and had levelled the score by the time the teams turned for home and then outscored the Steel 16 goals to seven in the final term to take the win.

Erena Mikaere and Oceane Maihi both starred for the Magic, picking up a whopping 13 gains, 14 deflections and seven rebounds between them. Meanwhile for the Steel, it was their midcourters that starred, namely Kate Heffernan and Ivari Christie.

Pulse the last undefeated standing

The Central Pulse are the last undefeated team left in the league, after defeating the Tactix. It was a low scoring affair, with the final score only being 36 goals to 30.

But crucially for the Pulse, they won all four quarters by a couple of goals each to keep building their lead as the match progressed.

It truly was a game for the defenders. Kelly Jackson picked up a whopping 12 gains and seven intercepts for the Pulse, while Karin Burger and Jane Watson again starred for the Tactix.

Mystics return to winners list

The Northern Mystics are back on the winners list after defeated their crosstown rivals the Stars by five goals. It was a tight clash throughout the match, with the lead no more than a couple of goals.

The Mystics pulled ahead late in the match though to ultimately take the win and get things back on track for the reigning premiers.

Phoenix Karaka picked up six gains for the Mystics in the win, while Hannah Glen stood up in attack and made the most of a rare opportunity to get some solid court time. Meanwhile for the Stars, Kate Burley recorded six intercepts and just as many gains, while Mila Reuelu-Buchanan recorded a whopping 50 feeds.

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