Mys­tics end Pulse’s un­beaten run

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The North­ern Mys­tics have breathed life into the na­tional net­ball premier­ship, top­pling the pre­vi­ously un­de­feated Cen­tral Pulse in round six, thanks to a clutch goal by Bai­ley Mes in the fi­nal sec­onds.

The Sil­ver Ferns shooter sank the win­ner as she tum­bled out of bounds af­ter grab­bing the re­bound when Maria Fo­lau’s at­tempt was off.

As a re­sult, the Mys­tics won 52-51 on Sun­day, a week af­ter go­ing down 60-38 to the same op­po­nents in round five.

In the day’s other two matches, the South­ern Steel beat the North­ern Stars by three, 63-60, a week af­ter beat­ing them by two, and the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic beat the Tac­tix by one, 48-47, four days af­ter beat­ing them by seven, 55-48.

Those re­sults meant noth­ing changed on the lad­der, where the Pulse re­main out in front, with the Steel and the Tac­tix the oth­ers in the top three, though the Mys­tics are in fourth only on goal per­cent­age.

It was the fi­nal of­fer­ing be­tween the Mys­tics and the Pulse that was the most ex­cit­ing of the day at Horn­cas­tle Arena in Christchurch, the venue for the sec­ond Su­per Sun­day triple­header of the sea­son.

The Mys­tics had Sil­ver Ferns shooter Fo­lau in their ranks, which they didn’t last week, and they gave the Pulse a con­test like no-one else has so far this sea­son, forc­ing rare mis­takes from them in the shoot­ing cir­cle, and cap­i­tal­is­ing to turn a three-goal deficit at half­time into a four­goal lead by the end of the third quar­ter.

Mys­tics cap­tain Anna Harri- son was a men­ace de­fen­sively, but the Pulse hung in there, and ral­lied to bring the scores level late, and were just sec­onds away from forc­ing ex­tra time when Mes came up trumps.

ANZ Premier­ship, round six: North­ern Mys­tics 52

(Bai­ley Mes 23/26, Jamie Hume 7/9, Maria Fo­lau 22/25) (Aliyah Dunn 35/39, Tiana Me­t­u­a­rau 10/11, Ameliaranne Eke­na­sio 6/10). 12-12; 23-26; 40-36

Pulse 51 47 60 Q1: Q1: HT: South­ern Steel 63 HT: Cen­tral Q1: HT: Q3: Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic 48

(Lenize Pot­gi­eter 34/41, Mon­ica Falkner 12/12, Amorangi Male­sala 2/3)

(El­lie Bird 32/47, Kate Bev­eridge 5/7, Brooke Leaver 10/16). 13-10; 28-22; 38-36

Main­land Tac­tix Points (games played): Q3:

(Jen­nifer O’Con­nell 37/44, Te Paea Sel­byRickit 26/29)

(Maia Wil­son 38/46, Paula Grif­fin 12/14, Ellen Halpenny 10/13). 18-18, 33-30; 50-45

North­ern Stars Q3:

Pulse 12 (7), Steel 10 (7), Tac­tix 8 (7), Mys­tics 8 (7), Magic 7 (6), Stars 4 (6).

PHOTOSPORT

Anna Har­ri­son of the Mys­tics gets a ball from Porirua’s Whit­ney Souness dur­ing the Pulse’s first loss of the sea­son.

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