Prelim Final: Magic (51) defeat Thunderbirds (49)
Both teams missed opportunities to press home an advantage in a scrappy first quarter where momentum swung back and forth. It was the Thunderbirds who found the early touch, as goal attack Natalie Medhurst found the tall figure of shooter Kate Beveridge with relative ease.
The teams went toe-to-toe in the opening half of the second quarter with neither taking a backward step as goals went with the centre pass. Testing each other for weaknesses, it was Magic who found the odd chink in the Thunderbirds’ game.
In a torrid and utterly enthralling final stanza, the Thunderbirds, on the back of fine work by Gerrard and Mentor, closed to within two goals, but could not stem the tide against a courageous Magic who showed their own fighting spirit and cool heads to withstand the onslaught.
Van Dyk`s superlative work rate and accuracy (31 goals from 32 attempts) and Williams` aerial ability were pivotal for Magic. For the Thunderbirds, none was better than the meticulous Medhurst, who shot 20 from 22, and the classy Gerrard.
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