In the penultimate normal Round of the ANZ Premiership, the Silver Fern shooters were a force to be reckoned for their different domestic league clubs.
Aliyah Dunn, Tiana Metuarau and Maia Wilson all played a huge part in their teams victories.
With the Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 just around the corner, here are just a few of the international players that are still standing out in the league…
Tactix 65 – 56 Magic
A strong first half from Tactix saw them bounce back from three straight defeats in the ANZ Premiership and stay within touching distance of the finals.
Both teams started the first quarter strong, with some sensational shooting across the board as Tactix and Magic’s shooters finished the first 15-minute period with 100% accuracy.
Despite all four shooters stepping up to the test, one stand out shooter, for her movement and decision making, was Tactix star and New Zealand Silver Fern, Aliyah Dunn.
Tactix started the second quarter up by three, and then went on a goal scoring flurry to score the first four goals of the second quarter extending their lead.
It the end, it was the home sides dominant second quarter that saw them take the win withstanding a third quarter Magic comeback.
Pulse 62 – 56 Mystics
Next up, was a top of the table clash between Pulse and Mystics, and as expected it was a close encounter with the two teams sharing the spoils when it came to quarter wins, but Pulse just doing enough to get the win across the line.
In the opening 15-minutes Pulse did not miss a beat as they scored an outstanding 19 goals, whilst keeping Mystics tally down to just nine and it was this that ended up securing them the win.
Statistically, Pulse have the best defending unit in the league this season but it was not just their defence that dominated in this match.
New Zealand Silver Fern’s Whitney Souness and Madeline Gordon were consistently accurate with their feeds into the shooting circle, which more often than not found Amelia Walmsley as she score 47 of Pulse’s 62 goals.
However, Walmsley’s Silver Fern shooting partner Tiana Metuarau deserves just as much accolade as on the 16 times she was called upon, she converted for her team leaving her with an 100% shooting statistic at the end of the game.
It was not an easy ride for Pulse with Mystics fighting back in the second and fourth quarters, but the hosts full team performance, and impressive first quarter, was enough to see out the win and put them top of the table going into the last round of the league, before finals.
Steel 47 – 58 Stars
Keeping with the theme of on form Silver Fern’s shooters doing their bit, it was a masterclass from Maia Wilson that saw Stars shoot past Steel in their bid to play finals netball.
Wilson missed just one shot all game (42/43) in the all-important clash, that saw her Stars team move up into 3rd in the league with nine victories to their name.
Having lost the first three quarters Steel continued to look for ways to respond in the final 15-minutes, as they brought on Courtney Elliott at goal defence.
The introduction of Elliot coincided with Wilson missing her first shot of the game, and Steel winning the final quarter by one, but it was not enough to stop the shooting Stars who took the win 47-58.
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