Herald on Sunday

Steel lose a star in loss

Stars strengthen hold on top of table with Dunedin win

- Christophe­r Reive

The Southern Steel are facing time without George Fisher after the star goal shoot was forced off in their loss to the Northern Stars after a nasty head knock last night in Dunedin.

Fisher was taken from the court late in the third quarter for a concussion test as she slammed the back of her head against the court after being tangled between the two Stars defenders when trying to bring in a pass.

The 22-year-old England internatio­nal would be a huge loss for the Steel should she miss court time as she has been a dependable deadeye all season — going into the match against the Stars as the league leader in conversion rate at 90 per cent.

It was an abrupt end to a tough night for Fisher, who was hassled by Stars goal keep Anna Harrison throughout the match and was held to just 22 goals from 32 attempts at an unusually low 69 per cent conversion rate.

Harrison played a major role in the win as she continues her impressive return to the game, with the Stars leading by just two when Fisher was forced from the floor.

It was an unfortunat­e turning point in the game as the Stars went on to outscore the Steel 18-10 from that point to cruise to the win and solidify their hold on the top of the ladder.

“It was a weird sort of game,” Stars captain Maia Wilson said. “I felt like our first quarter was very rocky but I thought our defensive end was really on fire.

“That really helped in our last quarter; we were able to capitalise and actually score the ball.”

Both sides will return home for their matches next weekend, with the Stars against the Northern Mystics in the Auckland derby and the Steel hosting the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic in Invercargi­ll.

 ?? Photo / Getty Images ?? Southern Steel star George Fisher gets attention after a collision with Elle Temu (right).
Photo / Getty Images Southern Steel star George Fisher gets attention after a collision with Elle Temu (right).

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