ANZ Premiership: Round Four review | Netball News

Coverage of Round Five starts on Friday, survive Sky Sports Mix, with the Pulse taking on the Steel

Last Updated: 06/07/20 1:33pm

The Magic experienced both sides of the coin during Round Four

Round Four featured the ANZ Premiership’s first drawn match involving the Magic and the Stars, plus the defending champions maintained their form in style.

This was the last round in which only four matches will be played, from Round Five to Seven the Auckland Netball Centre will play host to five matches every weekend.

After that, all the franchises will return to home venues for three rounds before the Finals Series on August 23 at the ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill.

ANZ Premiership Results – Round Four [Live on Sky Sports]

Frdiay, July 3Mystics 47-42 Tactix
Saturday, July 4Pulse 47-40 Steel
Sunday, July 5Pulse 51-30 Magic
Monday, July 6Magic 46-46 Stars

Mystics 47-42 Tactix

Round Four commenced with the Mystics and the Tactix going toe to toe, nevertheless the accuracy of the teenage shooter, Grace Nweke helped the Mystics edge a high-quality encounter.

Nweke finished the 48 minutes having missed just two of her 40 attempts at goal while Saviour Tui, who found its way to the second quarter, stepped up with some vital shots to secure an 89 per cent conversion rate to goal.

The two teenagers’ accuracy turned out to be the huge difference as the Tactix orchestrated exactly the same number of attempts at goal as their opponents.


47Final score42
53Attempts at goal53
89%Goal percentage79%

Elsewhere on court, the four circle defenders – Jane Watson, Temalisi Fakahokotau, Phoenix Karaka and Sulu Fitzpatrick – were excellent. Each secured intercepts which made their coaches and team-mates applaud and their respective attack-ends also stepped up to the mark.

Peta Toeava and Tayla Earle continued to flourish for the Mystics while Erikana Pedersen and Kimiora Poi used their fitness to push their side’s tempo.

At 24 goals apiece, nothing separated the two at the break but the Mystics used the last moments of the third quarter to ahead.

With a 35-33 lead at the last pause, and Nweke’s eye in, they maintained their position and ensured that victory belonged to them.

The Tactix thoroughly deserved their losing bonus point and both will undoubtedly be up for the challenge of meeting again in Round Five.

Jane Watson encircles the post to secure a fantastic interception for the Tactix

Jane Watson encircles the post to secure a fantastic interception for the Tactix

Pulse 47-40 Steel

The defending champions had to step it up within the last quarter to be able to dispatch a revived Southern Steel side on Saturday.

The Pulse came back from 35-33 down in the last 12 minutes and their comeback was a result of their players’ versatility and their shooters’ accuracy.

Neither Ameliaranne Ekenasio (25/25) or Aliyah Dunn (22/22) missed throughout the contest and when again Tiana Metuarau made a difference from the bench.

Metuarau’s introduction at WA, with Maddy Gordon shifting the Centre for the last quarter, added a new dimension in attack and created the final surge that they needed.

Enjoy Gina Crampton showing her prowess at WA for the Southern Steel

Enjoy Gina Crampton showing her prowess at WA for the Southern Steel

After displaying difficulties in the opening rounds, the Steel appeared as if a much more composed and confident team in the most common of the encounter.

Gina Crampton took it upon herself to dictate the tempo in the attack-end and her work was vital in producing a seven-goal run throughout the second quarter and a 24-23 half-time lead.

Crampton got the total amount right between quick feeds into Jennifer O’Connell and working the ball around when it wasn’t on. Kalifa McCollin kept Katrina Rore on her behalf toes and Te Huinga Selby-Rickit showed her vision in defence.

However, the Steel did not start the last quarter as quickly while they would have liked. They stuttered and the Pulse pounced in order to level the match back at 35-goals apiece.

The defending champions did not need asking twice to take their opportunity. They went up a gear, pressed out to a 42-35 advantage and never looked back.

Pulse 51-30 Magic

The Pulse continued to set down a considerable marker by putting the cherry on top of their double-header week-end with an impressive 21-goal result against the Magic on Sunday.

The first 12 minutes gave little indication of what was ahead with the defending champions holding merely a single-goal lead at the end of the opening quarter.

However, they commenced the second with a seven-goal run and like they’ve done previously, the Pulse dominated the next set of 12 minutes.

The 17-5 quarter in their favour did the damage on the scoreboard and was fuelled by Gordon and Claire Kersten finding Ekenasio and Dunn well.

With all teams get yourself ready for rounds with five matches from next weekend, the Magic took the opportunity to modify things up in the second half.

They gave court time for you to Khiarna Williams, Georgie Edgecombe and Jenna O’Sullivan whilst the Pulse also showed their strength with Metuarau and Elle Temu’s introduction.

At 12-7 and 10-7, two closer quarters followed, though the final result was not ever place in jeopardy.

ANZ Premiership Fixtures – Round Five [All live on Sky Sports]

Friday, July 10Pulse vs Steel8am (BST)
Saturday, July 11Steel vs Stars6am (BST)
Sunday, July 12Stars vs Magic6am (BST)
Sunday, July 12Tactic vs Mystics8am (BST)
Monday, July 13Tactix vs Magic8am (BST)

Magic 46-46 Stars

The Magic and the Stars completed the round with the ANZ Premiership’s first draw.

After being on the end of a tough result the day prior, the Magic started with a point to prove plus they did so superbly in the beginning.

Watch Erena Mikaere finding a great tip on the pop pass for the Magic

Watch Erena Mikaere getting a great tip on the pop pass for the Magic

Kelsey McPhee shot eight from nine while Holly Fowler and Erena Mikaere shut down Maia Wilson and put huge pressure on Jamie Hume.

A 13-8 lead was duly deserved though the Stars heated up after that and stamped their authority on the middle two quarters.

After being locked at 24 goals apiece at half-time, the Magic trailed 38-31 at the last pause. However, they showed the strength of their character to place vital runs of goals together within the last and captain Winders’ final intercept helped secure their hard-earned draw.