Pulse dominate Stars to take title
THE Central Pulse are the toast of New Zealand netball, after they beat the Northern Stars 56-37 to win the 2022 ANZ Premiership title.
Their dominant win sees them claim their third title in their history, and officially become the most successful franchise in the history of the competition.
It was actually the Stars who got out to the early lead, but it did not last long as the Pulse eliminated it and found their groove.
Despite having conceding some very early momentum, at quarter time, the Pulse had jumped out to a nine-goal lead.
The Stars got out to another quick start in the second term, putting the first three goals of the quarter on the board.
Unfortunately for the visitors, that’s where the resurgence ended as the Pulse wrestled back control and restored their ascendancy.
Then, the Stars had another little resurgence and brought the lead back down to as low as six goals.
The Pulse brought that to a halt and went on a run of their own, and suddenly their lead was back out to 11 goals at the main break.
It was a heavily officiated opening half, with both sides registering over 30 penalties.
The Pulse got a much better start to the third term, and their score benefitted from it.
They got their lead out to as much as 15 goals during the term, but the Stars were able to peg things back slightly in the final few minutes.
However, the Pulse powered back again in the dying minute or two, and suddenly their lead was back out to 16 at the final change.
It was a mere procession at times for the Pulse in the final term. The Pulse lead just continued to grow, they were the much classier side and the Stars just had no answers for them.
The Pulse were even in a comfortable enough position that they could rotate and bring their remaining bench players on to give them an opportunity to play in the game.
For the Pulse, Kelly Jury was particularly impressive in defence. She finished with four intercepts, seven deflections and eight gains.
Aliyah Dunn was also impressive, shooting 44 goals and only missing three attempts all game.
Whitney Souness and Erikana Pedersen were also workhorses through the midcourt, giving the Pulse a lot of run and attacking potential through the middle.