Pulse re­tain mo­men­tum

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Cen­tral Pulse con­tin­ued their push for a place in the fi­nals of net­ball’s trans- Tas­man ANZ Cham­pi­onship with a well­con­structed 58-50 win over the Can­ter­bury Tac­tix in Nel­son on Sun­day.

In the po­si­tion of need­ing to win their re­main­ing games to make the top four, Pulse ticked off the first ob­sta­cle with a con­trolled out­ing, show­ing their su­pe­rior ex­pe­ri­ence to drive home the ad­van­tage in the sec­ond half.

There was to be no re­peat of the round four hero­ics when the Tac­tix pulled off one of the com­pe­ti­tion’s big upsets with a come-from-be­hind two-goal win. The Pulse could never quite rest on their lau­rels but man­aged to hold a mea­sure of con­trol through most of the match.

The Tac­tix com­peted gamely but a lack of ex­pe­ri­ence on de­fence and an in­abil­ity to con­vert their turnover op­por­tu­ni­ties even­tu­ally proved the dif­fer­ence.

Both teams made clin­i­cal starts in a keen and lively con­test.

The vis­i­tors had no prob­lems get­ting the ball cir­cle- bound, show­ing good con­nec­tions on at­tack with mid­courter Mil­lie Lees be­ing a prom­i­nent fig­ure. The Tac­tix had their op­por­tu­ni­ties but, un­like the Pulse, were un­able to make the most of their turnovers, the vis­i­tors putting their col­lec­tive foot down with some seam­less play to build a 10- goal buf­fer.

The Tac­tix pegged it back a lit­tle but the Pulse re­mained in the driver’s seat when leading 46- 39 at the last break and set­tled for the eight-goal win.

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