After taking down the formidable Central Pulse last week, the Northern Mystics claimed another impressive victory in netball’s ANZ Premiership last night in Auckland.
The Mystics beat the defending champion Southern Steel 62-57 at the North Shore Events Centre.
The Mystics took an early advantage over the Steel with a tightly-knit defence unit causing issues for the Southern shooters. Phoenix Karaka proved an early challenge for Steel shooter Jen O’Connell and with Silver Fern Michaela Sokolich-Beatson in the mix, the Mystics showed promising potential.
Maria Folau was back in the circle in her fourth appearance for the Mystics this season, joining fellow Silver Ferns shooter Bailey Mes. Despite not being available for the squad fulltime, Folau found good connection with her midcourters who displayed a level of trust in the international shooter’s game.
As Helene Wilson’s unchanged seven continued to build confidence across all areas of the court, the Steel slipped further out of the match.
Carrying their seven-point lead into the final quarter, the Mystics were on the verge of another victory. But with Silver Fern Shannon Francois leading the Steel midcourt in feeding the accurate O’Connell from the circle edge, the Steel made inroads on the Mystics.
But the home side were too good in the final minutes to close the seventh round with another confidence-boosting victory.
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