Red­hot Pulse sim­ply too good


There’s no deny­ing the Cen­tral Pulse are the best net­ball side in the coun­try, af­ter they put a record score past last year’s cham­pi­ons in Porirua on Wed­nes­day night.

The Pulse con­tin­ued their per­fect start to the sea­son, smash­ing the South­ern Steel by 71-40 at Te Rau­paraha Arena.

The win gave Yvette McCaus­land-Durie’s team a fran­chise-best 5-0 start to the sea­son, a streak that in­cludes two vic­to­ries over the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons.

While Wed­nes­day saw the Pulse beat the Steel for just the eighth time in 24 meet­ings, this one was their most em­phatic yet. Their 31-goal vic­tory is the big­gest win­ning mar­gin in the Pulse’s 11-year his­tory, eas­ily sur­pass­ing the pre­vi­ous record of 19.

If the game wasn’t al­ready de­cided af­ter one quar­ter, with the Pulse up 21-9, it cer­tainly was by half­time.

There was no com­ing back from 38-17 down as Ka­t­rina Grant and Sulu Fitz­patrick suf­fo­cated the Steel at­tack.

The Pulse’s de­fen­sive pair lim­ited the Steel’s three shoot­ers to a com­bined score of 40 from 56 at­tempts.

Com­pare that to 18-year-old Pulse goal shoot Aliyah Dunn, who shot 50/54 in another state­ment mak­ing per­for­mance against her for­mer team.

But she wasn’t the only star on Wed­nes­day, with the en­tire Pulse squad step­ping up in a com­plete team ef­fort that left the Steel with no an­swer.

The Pulse now face back-to­back matches against the Mys­tics, last Sun­day and next Sun­day, which should pro­vide a fur­ther in­di­ca­tion of where this team is at. Cen­tral Pulse 71 (Aliyah Dunn 50/54, Ameliaranne Eke­na­sio 12/19, Tiana Me­t­u­a­rau 9/12) South­ern Steel 40 (Jen­nifer O’Con­nell 21/26, Te Paea Sel­byRickit 18/27, Olivia Bates 1/3) Q1: 21-9, HT: 38-17, Q3: 53-31 See PHO­TOS page 18

From left, Pulse cap­tain Ka­t­rina Grant Plim­mer­ton, young net­baller Lily McC­lutchie and friend Han­nah Penty, both 8, and Steel skip­per Wendy Frew be­fore the start of the ANZ Premiership game in Porirua. Lily won the op­por­tu­nity to lead the teams out onto cen­tre court through the ANZ Fu­ture Cap­tains com­pe­ti­tion.

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