Southern Steel remain unbeaten, while Magic and Stars claim close wins in netball's Super Sunday - May 1, 2017
by SCOTT DONALDSON
The Southern Steel overcame an early seven goal deficit to record a comfortable 66-46 victory over the Northern Mystics in netball's Super Sunday in Invercargill.
While the final margin was a comfortable 20 goals, the 66 goals posted by the Steel was their lowest score this season in the ANZ Premiership.
The Northern Mystics started strongly against the unbeaten Steel and raced out to an early 8-1 lead in the first five minutes.
The star-studded Steel clicked into gear as the southern netball franchise levelled the scores up at 10-10 with five minutes left in the first quarter.
The home team took the lead towards the end of the first quarter as the Steel found their groove to finish the first quarter with a 16-12 lead.
The Mystics started the second quarter with gusto. Storm Purvis came off the bench against her old team to join Anna Harrison in the defensive circle.
They reduced the deficit initially before the Steel juggernaut kicked into gear again.
Jane Watson secured some nice defensive turnovers, which the Steel duly converted to make it 21-15.
The Steel stretched their lead with some speedy service from the midcourt into Jamaican international shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid to take a handsome 32-21 lead into halftime.
The home team continued to dominate, stretching the lead to 42-27 midway through the third quarter and went into three quarter time well ahead 51-32.
The Steel finished with a comfortable victory and managed to blood youngsters Aliyah Dunn, Abby Erwood, Jamie Hume and Ngawai Eyles.
"I am pleased to get the victory, it was a bit of a rocky start really," Southern Steel coach Reinga Bloxham said.
"I was pleased with the way we finished the first quarter and I was pleased to get those young players out on court."
It wasn't always pretty, but the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic won an exciting opening Super Sunday ANZ Premiership match 50-49 against the Central Pulse at Stadium Southland.
Some early turnovers saw the Pulse race to an early 4-0 lead as the Magic made a nervous start.
The Magic clawed their way back into the match towards the end of the first quarter, to take the lead 12-11 at the end of the first quarter.
The experienced Magic midcourt started to show their class and find South African shooter Lenize Potgieter with relative ease as they stretched their lead to three goals midway through the second quarter as the Magic took a 26-23 victory into the second half.
The Pulse got the better of the early stages of the third quarter with some improved defence creating some crucial turnovers, they shot out to a 35-32 lead as Silver Ferns defender Katrina Grant, who was moved to the goal keep position grabbed some crucial intercepts.
The Magic had the better of the final stages of the third quarter to finish ahead 39-38 heading into the final quarter.
A couple more trademark Grant intercepts kept the Pulse in the match as both teams struggled to get any kind of buffer over their opponents.
Both teams rolled the subs as the Pulse clawed their way into the lead 44-41 with nine minutes remaining, before the Magic held their nerve to win an exciting match 50-49.
The Northern Stars picked up their second win of the season with a 49-44 win over the Mainland Tactix in the final game on Super Sunday.
The Tactix secured a competition bonus point for their efforts.
At a glance
Southern Steel 66 (Fowler-Reid 50/58, Te Paea Selby-Rickit 13/19, Hume 3/4), Northern Mystics 46 (Mes 22/27, Tutaia 22/33, Amani 2/2). Q1: 16-12; HT: 32-21; Q3: 51-32.
Waikato-BOP Magic 50 (Potgieter 33/38, Falkner 17/19), Central Pulse 49 (Tuivaiti 25/28, Metuarau 24/33). Q1: 12-11; HT: 26-23; Q3: 39-38.
Northern Stars 49 (Corbin 26/36, Thompson 10/12, Leaver 8/11), Mainland Tactix 44 (Wilson 32/37, Vaka 17/22, Taane 0/1).Q1: 11-10; HT: 22-22; Q3: 36-31.