Unfortunately, only one match took place during Round Five of the ANZ Premiership, due to the COVID-19 Match Policy meaning the fixtures between Magic and Steel, and Stars against Magic were postponed.
However, fans were treated to a thriller with the one match that did take place ending in a draw, meaning that extra time was needed for the first time this season…
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Pulse 63 – 66 Steel
It was Pulse who started the game strongly, winning the first three quarters of the match and entering the final quarter with a lead of 11. Silver Fern defender, Kelly Jury, put immense pressure on the Steel shooters throughout, which reflects in both the Intercepts and Deflections Chart, as Jury now sits in 1st place in both.
However, in the final quarter Steel fought back strongly, winning the quarter 19-8, which meant the scores were level at 59-all at the end of regular time. England Rose and Steel goal shooter, George Fisher, didn’t let the pressure get to her shooting with an accuracy of 96%. Fisher now sits top of the Goals Scored Chart.
Silver Fern and Steel captain, Shannon Saunders, ensured her team remained calm throughout extra-time and dominated at each centre pass and has now received the most amount of centre passes in the league. Steel then took the lead for the first time during the first half of extra-time.
Extra-time ended 7-4 to Steel, with George Fisher scoring the final two goals of the match, completing a breath-taking comeback for Steel.
Round Six of the ANZ Premiership begins on the 16th April with all teams set to take to court subject to COVID-19 procedure.
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