MYSTICS v MAGIC, Court 2, 11am

STARTING LINE UPS

MAGIC - GS: Paseka, GA: Leaver, WA: Rasmussen, C: Sinclair, WD: Price, GD: Kopua, GK: Manu
MYSTICS – GS: Latu, GA: Tutaia, WA: Loveday, C: Langman, WD: Hurley, GD: Corletto, GK: Fakahokotau

 The Northern Mystics have defeated Kia Magic in their final pre-season match of the Summer Shoot-out in Melbourne 34-20.

The Mystics shot out of the blocks scoring five unanswered goals before the Magic recorded their first point of the match.

Again, Kia Magic coach Julie Fitzgerald opted to give her young player’s crucial game-time in the first half. The three teenagers – Malia Paseka, Samantha Sinclair and Jamie-Lee Price and 20 year old Brooke Leaver playing against some of the league’s best, gaining invaluable experience and exposure.

The Mystics defensive duo of Julie Corletto and Temalisi Fakahokotau worked well together producing their fair share of turnover ball and midcourter Nadia Loveday showed why she is one to watch in the future with superb speed and vision through the centre third and accurate feeds into shooters Maria Tutaia and Cathrine Latu.

Behind 21-10 at half-time, Fitzgerald rang in the changes inserting Jo Harten and Ellen Halpenny into the attacking circle, Kathrine Coffin into wing defence and Leana de Bruin into goal keep to pair with Price. Casey Kopua played the first half as she manages her return from ankle surgery.

Mystics coach Debbie Fuller rested Laura Langman for the final 15 minutes without any interruption to the Mystics momentum, running out comprehensive winners to finish their tournament on a high.

The teams next face each other early in the ANZ Championship in Round Two.

HALF-TIME: Mystics 21, Magic 10
FULL TIME: Mystics 34 (Tutaia 9/11, Latu 25/27), Magic 20 (Paseka 6/8, Leaver 4/5, Harten 7/8, Halpenny 3/3)

 

THUNDERBIRDS v FIREBIRDS, Court 1, 1pm

STARTING LINE-UPS

THUNDERBIRDS: Lange (GS), Bell (GA), Packard (WA), Proud (C), Hallinan (WD), Gilmore (GD), Poolman (GK). FIREBIRDS: Aiken (GS), Wells (GA), Simmons (WA), Ravaillion (C), Simpson (WD), Messer (GD), Geitz (GK).

Last year’s Grand Finalists Adelaide and the Mission Queensland Firebirds played out a close encounter as both teams wrapped up their Summer Shootout campaigns.

As they did in all three 2013 meetings, the Thunderbirds came out on top, winning 26-21 for their second victory of the Pre-Season Tournament.

Adelaide coach Jane Woodlands-Thompson started a relatively young line-up with Sam Poolman, Madeleine Proud, Cody Lange and Laura Packard enjoying solid hit outs.

Last season, two goals was the Thunderbirds biggest winning margin against the Firebirds and it appeared that this game would be decided by a similar margin until the reigning champions pulled away in the final few minutes.

Recruit Andrea Gilmore showed what versatility she can bring to the Thunderbirds, lining up in goal defence and her experience proved telling under pressure alongside captain Renae Hallinan.

Firebirds recruit Stephanie Puopolo lined up against her former teammates in the second half and continued to impress as a foil for Romelda Aiken. 

These two sides will meet for the first time in the regular season in Brisbane in round 2 on Sunday, March 9.

HALF-TIME: Thunderbirds 10, Firebirds 10.

FULL TIME: Thunderbirds 26 (Lange 15/19, Bell 11/12), Firebirds 21 (Wells 8/11, Aiken 7/10, Puopolo 6/8).

 

PULSE v STEEL, Court 2, 1pm

STARTING LINE-UPS


STEEL: GS Selby-Rickit, GA Brown, WA Francois, C Finch, WD Frew, GD Rasmussen, GK Karaka 
PULSE: GS van Dyk, GA Hazeldine, WA Cooper, C Shadrock, WD Henry, GD Selby-Rickit, GK Grant


The Haier Pulse have ended their Pre-Season Summer Shootout on a winning note defeating the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel 36-24.

A second half blitz of eight unanswered goals by the Pulse put the match out of reach, the Pulse extending their 15-13 halftime lead to 23-13 in the space of a few minutes.

Go-to goal shooter for the Steel Jhaniele Fowler-Reid sat out the match with Jodi Brown and Te Paea Selby-Rickit starting for the southern team while at the other end shooters Irene van Dyk paired with Gemma Hazeldine for a new look Pulse attacking circle which despite the lack of time spent together, worked remarkably well. Hazeldine’s experience in the goal attack position gifted van Dyk the space to work her way to the goal.

Momentum continued to swing the way of the Pulse throughout second spell with Brown coming off midway through, replaced by Olivia Bates. The strong Pulse midcourt continues to gel with Millie Lees, Elias Shadrock and Joline Henry strong on both attack and defense and today they were too slick for a Steel side playing catch-up.

HALF-TIME: Pulse 15, Steel 13.
FULL TIME: Pulse 36 (van Dyk 30/33, Hazeldine 6/10), Steel  24 (Selby-Rickit 18/21, Brown 6/12, Bates 0/0)


VIXENS v SWIFTS, Court 1, 2pm

STARTING LINE-UPS

VIXENS: Cox (GS), Bailey (GA), Browne (WA), Watson (C), Steel (WD), Chatfield (GD), Mentor (GK).

SWIFTS: Thwaites (GS), Tippett (GA), Davies (WA), Hadley (C), Layton (WD), Letton (GD), Mkoloma (GK).

The NSW Swifts have shown they will be a genuine Finals contender in this season’s ANZ Championship after completing a clean sweep of their matches at the Summer Shootout.

The Swifts ended their campaign with a thrilling 21-20 victory over the Melbourne Vixens for their sixth straight win of the weekend.

In a fitting finale to the weekend on the Show Court, very little separated the two teams for the entire 30 minutes and the Vixens had the chance to draw the game in the final few seconds, but Karyn Bailey’s shot spun out and the Swifts held on.

The Vixens finished the Summer Shootout with four wins and two losses – both defeats coming on day 2.

The first encounter between these arch rivals in Round 7 in Sydney will be eagerly anticipated given what both sides showed over the Summer Shootout and in this game.

The match was played at an intense pace with both teams defence noticeable right across the court. 

HALF-TIME: Swifts 12, Vixens 9.

FULL TIME: Swifts 21 (Tippet 12/19, Thwaites 6/10, Pratley 3/6), Vixens 20 (Bailey 9/11, Cox 7/8, Caldwell 4/5).

 

FEVER v TACTIX, Court 2, 2pm

STARTING LINE-UPS


FEVER: GS Medhurst, GA Beveridge, WA Pitman, C Watts, WD Brazill, GD Gomes, GK Beckford-Chambers
TACTIX: GS Kumwenda, GA Naoupu, WA Mackle, C Thompson, WD Clarke, GD Moulds, GK Watson

The Tactix are well on track with their preparations for the ANZ Championship following another win in the Pre-Season Summer Shootout.

The Mainland team defeated the West Coast Fever 34-33 in a tightly contested match in which no more than four goals separated the teams at any stage.

The match went goal for goal in the first half with Fever coach Norma Plummer resting Caitlin Bassett and opting for Natalie Medhurst in the goal shooter bib to pair up with Kate Beveridge. Their opposites in the circle Jess Moulds and Jane Watson more than held their own keeping the pressure on and not allowing to Fever to gain the ascendancy.

Leading by one at halftime, the Tactix failed to be overawed by the more fancied Australian side and fought hard to execute their own game plan, building a four goal buffer midway through the second stanza thanks to some dogged defence and classy finishing by Julianna Naoupu and Mwai Kumwenda.

The Fever fought back to come to within one goal with seconds ticking down, the Tactix sealing the win. It’s been a memorable weekend for the Tactix side with wins over the Kia Magic, Melbourne Vixens, West Coast Fever and drawing 25-all with the Thunderbirds.

The teams meet again in Round 3 of the ANZ Championship in Perth.

HALF-TIME: Tactix 15, Fever 14 
FULL TIME: Tactix 34 (Naoupu 14/15, Kumwenda 20/22), Fever 33 (Beveridge 3/3, Medhurst 16/20, Bassett 14/17)

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