MATCH REPORT – SKYCITY MYSTICS vs CENTRAL PULSE
SKYCITY Mystics faced Te Wānanga O Raukawa Pulse in the final game of Super Sunday at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch. It was a game that saw the team in blue become the first to beat the Pulse this season, after a stunning final second goal from Bailey Mes gave them a 52-51 win.
Coach Helene Wilson shuffled the defensive players in the starting line-up, with captain Anna Harrison on in the WD bib to slow down the feed to the Pulse circle. Sokolich-Beatson played GD combining with Phoenix Karaka at GK. Nathan got the start at C, with an unchanged attacking end of Mes (GS), Hume (GA) and Toeava (WA). The first quarter saw SKYCITY Mystics take the first points, but Pulse catching up with the score 12-all at the first break.
The second quarter saw one change, with Folau coming on at GA to combine with Mes. While things didn’t go all their way, this quarter belonged to the Pulse who scored 14 points to SKYCITY Mystics 11, leading by three at the halftime break.
The third quarter saw stunning play across the court by the SKYCITY Mystics – evening the score and then drawing ahead to lead 40-36 at three-quarter time. Special mention has to go to Phoenix Karaka who was rampant on defence against her former team, and Toeava who again shone at WA.
The final quarter was tense with stunning intercepts and missed opportunities from both sides, and some of the great match ups of the season as neither side wanted to give in. In the end it was that final goal by Mes that saw the spoils go to SKYCITY Mystics, with captain Anna Harrison named MVP.
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This was the game that SKYCITY Mystics had been working towards, and a showcase of what they’re capable of. The team next plays the Southern Steel at the North Shore Events Centre on Wednesday 20 May. It promises to be another great display of netball – get your tickets here.