Steel and Magpies unbeaten after day two of Super Club
Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel and Collingwood Magpies (Australia) top their respective pools as the only unbeaten teams after the second day of the Super Club tournament in Nelson.
Splice Construction Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic and Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse pocketed their first wins while the Northern Stars and Wasps (England) have yet to register a win heading into the final round of pool matches on Tuesday.
Led by a clinical shooting performance, the Pulse rebounded from a first-up loss to deliver a comprehensive 56-39 win over Wasps on day two.
Back with the team for her first outing, Ameliaranne Ekenasio shared the shooting duties with Aliyah Dunn and Tiana Metuarau, the potent Pulse trio all returning impressive figures in guiding the team back to the winner’s circle. Each missed just one goal apiece.
Despite the best efforts of Wasps shooting stalwart Rachel Dunn, the team from England went in fits and starts, unable to string together enough consistent phases. The Pulse’s defensive trio of Elle Temu, Karin Burger and Katrina Rore got their hands on plenty of turnover ball to effectively disable Wasps’ impact.
The Magpies overcame a gritty first half challenge before unleashing a dominant second 30 minutes to over-run The Good Oil Tactix 51-38.
Excellent first half defensive coverage from Sophia Fenwick and Lily Marshall provided the Tactix with plenty of extra ball while shooter Te Paea Selby-Rickit looked increasingly comfortable in her new team surroundings as the southerners kept the Magpies honest.
With veteran playmaker Natalie Medhurst combining alongside the athleticism of midcourter Ash Brazill, dynamic shooter Shimona Nelson and classy defender Geva Mentor, the Magpies turned the screws to great effect in the second half while sending a warning to the rest of the field.
Leading at all the breaks, Magic posted a well-crafted 53-39 win over the Stars to open their account after a first-day loss.
Restricting a struggling Stars to just four goals in the second stanza after producing an opening streak of six unanswered goals of their own helped put the Magic in a position of dominance.
The injection of shooter Maia Wilson and a run of timely intercepts from captain Storm Purvis gave the Stars new purpose but Magic held firm to stave off any thoughts of a comeback from their opponents.
A staunch defensive effort combined with the cool head and sure shooting of Kelsey McPhee, who delivered a fine return of 35 goals from 38 attempts for a 92 percent success rate after playing all but the final five minutes, set the tone for an all-the-way Magic win.
The Steel remained unbeaten after producing a well-drilled 43-39 win over the Northern Mystics after both teams had impressed with first-up wins on the opening day.
That was highlighted during a tight and closely contested first half where the scores were all tied up at the first and second breaks before the southerners delivered a decisive third stanza.
Despite multiple changes made throughout the quarters, the Steel adapted seamlessly with the inexperienced doing their bit alongside the more familiar.
Using their trademark style of holding onto the ball, the Steel mixed exciting through-court transition with sure shooting and strong defensive work in front of the Mystics shooting circle to help limit the threat of danger shooter Grace Nweke.
Taneisha Fifita and Te Huinga Selby-Rickit applied the squeeze inside the circle while midcourter Kate Heffernan was an influential presence in picking off turnover ball.