Tactix and NSWIS keep unbeaten Super Club records intact
The NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) held on for a nail-biting 50-49 win over Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse to close out day two of the Super Club netball tournament in Nelson today.
The result left NSWIS and Silvermoon Tactix as the only unbeaten teams heading into tomorrow’s final round of pool play which features the top three New Zealand teams and five international line-ups.
With six players returning from last year, NSWIS presented as a well-drilled, composed and confident team as they held the Pulse at arms-length throughout an exciting and fast-paced contest.
The pin-point accuracy of goal shoot Georgia Marshall from one and two-point range and the influential defensive trio of Amy Parmenter (wing defence) and the in-circle pairing of Lauren Moore and Teigan O’Shannassy gave NSWIS the edge through the first half.
Trailing by five at the main break, the Pulse made a strong case in the second half with a tighter defensive effort and more accuracy on attack.
Shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio found her range late, three successive two-point shots levelling the scores with just over a minute to go but the Australians held off the late-charging Pulse to post the winner on fulltime.
Making amends for their opening day loss, the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 80-52 win over Singapore’s Sneakers on day two.
From the outset, the Steel were much more direct and proficient in their play with shooters Jen O’Connell and the up-and-coming Georgia Heffernan both having strong impacts.
At the other end, in-circle defenders Courtney Elliott and Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit won plenty of turnover ball as the Sneakers struggled to combat the pair’s height and athleticism.
The Steel took off in the second quarter, going on to complete the match with machine-like efficiency. The Sneakers conversion ability from two-point range dried up and with it, any scoreboard pressure, as they lost the rebound and possession battle.
The Tactix took no chances against South Africa’s well-performed Gauteng Jaguars and turned on a compelling outing to seal a 64-36 win and remain unbeaten.
The South Africa champions could not produce their form of the previous day when they upset the Steel, New Zealand’s No 1-ranked team. The influence of the Tactix defensive duo Jane Watson, who was relentless, and Sophia Fenwick, combined with the ready target of towering shooter Ellie Bird under the hoop proved too much of a hurdle.
New Zealand’s third-ranked team did a fine job of restricting their opponents shooting opportunities after wresting control early in the piece and extending their advantage throughout. The Jaguars had no luck from the two-point zone and were guilty of too many turnovers, the Tactix thriving on the extra ball.
AJ Savelio is fast-developing as the queen of the two-point shot after helping the combined Fiji/Samoa Maramou Vou team stage a thrilling 60-57 come-from-behind win over Scotland’s UWS Sirens.
Playing the more structured style, the Sirens, with Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic’s Monica Falkner also prominent from the two-point zone, were comfortably-placed when leading 45-38 at three-quarter time.