15 May 2010

The Waikato/Bay of Plenty showed their class with a polished 72-52 win over the Canterbury Tactix in ANZ Championship netball action in Hamilton today.
Regrouping after the loss of inspiring import Peta Scholz to a season-ending injury last week, the Magic clinched their best ever score in the competition and passed 60 for the first time this season to improve their percentages.

Senior players Laura Langman, Jodi Brown, Irene van Dyk and Frances Solia were major contributors as the home team squeezed the life out of the Tactix with a polished all-round effort.
Wholesale changes to their line-up following the bye, which included the experienced Anna Galvan returning from injury to slot into goalkeeper and the surprise selected of Angela Mitchell at goal attack got the Tactix off the a strong start.
The Magic took a little time to bed in their rejigged defensive line-up with Jodi Tod at wing defence, Casey Williams at goal defence and Kahurangi Waititi into goalkeep for her first start of the season.
But by the quarter’s end the home team were well in control.
Quick release of the ball had the Magic mixing patience and razzle dazzle as the home team found their flow on attack. The growing understanding of Brown and van Dyk in the shooting circle was pivotal.
Captain Langman was in the thick of the action, her pinpoint feeding to van Dyk was all class while she also proved strong value on defence.
The short Tactix shooting duo of Mitchell and Anna Thompson struggled under the long reach and aerial skills of Williams and Waititi, who pounced on any errant pass or shot.
It was all the Magic, who ended the quarter with a flourish, scoring the last four goals to take a healthy 18-10 lead at the first break.
The Magic cleared out to a 10-goal margin five minutes into the second stanza on the back of slick movement and pace through court. Flair and flow had the Magic poised to really take off but through some good passages the Tactix were able to stem the flow temporarily.
Some spectacular play was undone by errors and passing glitches to stall the Magic momentum as the Tactix took their opportunities.
The visitors enjoyed a profitable few minutes with efficiency on attack, some strong defensive work and the finishing of Thompson.
The Magic had the last say with a controlled surge, the irrepressible van Dyk leading the charge as the home team headed into halftime 35-25.
Victoria Smith replaced Galvan for the second half as the Tactix, showing strong straight-line play through court level-pegged with the Magic. Very quick to turn defence into attack, the home team found it difficult to completely shake the dogged visitors.
The Tactix were rewarded for their patience but ultimately could not assert themselves totally against the talent-laden Magic on a consistent basis.
The home team consolidated through the quarter, picking up towards the end as they fed off errors and missed shots by the Tactix to head into the last break with a 51-38 lead.
A raft of changes were made by both teams for the run home, the most interesting being shooter Jess Tuki, shoring up the Magic’s defence at goalkeeper. The rangy Tuki made a good fist of her new role as the Magic stormed home with a blistering finish.

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