17 Apr 2013

Tactix beat Mystics in double overtime

11:36 am on 17 April 2013

The Canterbury Tactix coach Leigh Gibbs admits it was one of the toughest matches she's had to endure as her side beat the Northern Mystics 80-78 in double overtime in their bottom of the table trans-tasman netball clash in Christchurch on Monday.

In one of the longest-ever games in ANZ Championship history, and the highest-scoring match ever, the Tactix scored the final two goals needed to declare victory in sudden death.

Gibbs, the former international player and coach, says the almost two-hour match was a heart-stopper and edge-of-the-chair stuff.

She says there's been a lot of resolve in her side and things just started to come right finally.

The match was a shooting fest - setting a competition record for the total number of goals scored, and both goal shoots, Jo Harten and Cathrine Latu, added more than 50 goals apiece to their respective teams' tallies.

The Tactix' Harten finished with 63 goals and Latu with 57.

Meanwhile the Queensland Firebirds have gone outright top of the league with a 61-53 away win over the New South Wales Swifts in Sydney.