Southern Steel coach Reinga Bloxham looking for consistency ahead of Waikato-BOP Magic netball showdown - April 5, 2017
by SCOTT DONALDSON
The Southern Steel netball team will be looking to dust off early season cobwebs ahead of their match against the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic next week.
Southern Steel netball coach Reinga Bloxham is hoping for more consistency from her team, despite their 74-67 win over the Northern Mystics last Monday night.
The last time the Steel and Magic clashed in Invercargill, was the 2016 ANZ Championship New Zealand conference final, which the Magic won.
"There are a few things to work on, but we knew that being early in the season that consistency was probably something that it takes a bit of time to build that up," Bloxham said.
"So I think we had some really good patches and we had moments that we sort of lapsed, so we have just got to find that consistency, we know that the Magic game is again going to be tough."
"They have got some experienced heads and they have got some young players as well, so we have just got to make sure we concentrate on what it is we need to do and this week have a good look at the Magic and a good look at ourselves and make sure we have got the best game plan in place."
The Steel and Mystics were locked in a close encounter at The Trusts Arena, before a fourth quarter blitz saw the Southern Steel home by seven goals.
"It was a bit of a battle, but we managed to hold them out and pull through at the end, so it was good," Bloxham said.
"I think we always knew that the Mystics were going to be strong and that they were going to throw as much as they could at us," she said.
"But we just had to be really careful with the possession that we got and make sure that we score anything that we manage to get off a turnover or centre pass, so we just had to just make sure we were being really patient and cherished that possession."
The ANZ Premiership match on Monday night at ILT Stadium Southland will be the first home game of the competition for the Steel, while the Magic play the Pulse on Wednesday night, before travelling south for the clash.
"We have been on the trot two weeks in a row, so it will be quite nice to be home, I think the girls are really looking forward to having that home crowd support behind us," she said.