Pulse retain momentum
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.