True smorgasbord to kick off the season

THE OPENING weekend of the ANZ Premiership season truly had it all. Big wins, small wins and wins that prove the 2022 pecking order means nothing this year.

In the clash of last year’s runners up versus last year’s wooden spooners, it was the Tactix who got the upset win, downing the Stars by six goals 55 goals to 49.

It was a tight tussle in the opening five minutes, with both sides trading blows and unable to break free and establish a lead.

The first five minutes of the term also saw the rare toss up needed to be used for a simultaneous break, but thankfully this time it was in less controversial circumstances than the last time it was used in elite netball.

However it was the Tactix who were the first ones to break free and establish any kind of serious lead.

It was not a huge advantage but crucially for the Tactix, it was multiple goals.

The Tactix maintained their lead for the rest quarter but after the Stars pegged a few back late the margin sat at two at the first change.

The visitors maintained their momentum early in the second quarter as they grew their lead out to as much as seven goals in the front half of the quarter.

Some wayward passing in attack was not helping the Stars, as the lead grew even further out to as much as nine goals.

The Stars pegged a few back late inside the final 30 seconds of the quarter, so at half time the margin was back down to six.

Unfortunately for the Stars, they would be unable to real in the lead any further.

It was a goal for goal affair for much of the second half, and with both sides scoring 13 goals in both the third and fourth quarters, that six goal half time margin would ultimately be the final margin.

For the Tactix, Aliyah Dunn did not waste time proving how valuable she is going to be to her new side, leading the way with 39 goals and creating a great partnership with Te Paea Selby-Rickit, who also had a great game.

The speed of Kimiora Poi (36 feeds, 19 assists) was also crucial and hard to notice for the Tactix in the win.

Meanwhile for the Stars, Maia Wilson only missed one shot for the night, while Gina Crampton (35 feeds, 19 assists) also had a great game.  

In other results:

  • The Mystics have started off their season in the perfect way, downing the Steel by 26 goals.

Although the fourth quarter was tight, the Mystics won each of the first three quarters between six and 12 goals, which set up the win.

For the Mystics, Grace Nweke (46 goals from 48 attempts, three rebounds, six feeds, three assists) was an absolute star in attack, while Tayla Earle (32 feeds, 18 assists) and Elisapeta Toeava (21 feeds, 14 assists) were busy through mid court.

Meanwhile for the Steel Samantha Winders (23 feeds, eight assists) and Kate Heffernan (22 feeds, six feeds, one intercept) were among their side’s best.

  • In a close affair between two of last season’s finalists, the Pulse have staved off the Magic by the smallest of margins.

After the Pulse led both of the first two quarters to lead by five at the main break, the Magic slowly started to creep their way back into the game, but ultimately fell agonisingly short of pinching the win.

For the Pulse, Maddy Gordon (31 feeds, 23 assists, three intercepts) was a star in midcourt, while Whitney Souness (21 feeds, 12 assists, one intercept) also had a stellar game.

Meanwhile for the Magic, Claire Kersten (30 feeds, 14 assists, one intercept) was busy through midcourt, running out the whole game in centre, while Simmon Wilbore (13 feeds, nine assists) also had a great game.

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