28 Apr 2009

Australian netball teams beat NZ sides

7:48 am on 28 April 2009

The Canterbury Tactix coach Helen Mahon-Stroud says the game plan worked well but a couple of missed opportunities in the end cost them in last night's 53-48 overtime loss to the Adelaide Thunderbirds in their trans-tasman netball clash in Christchurch.

Both New Zealand teams lost last night with the defending champion New South Wales Swifts beating the Northern Mystics 59-55 in Sydney.

The Tactix were upset that they didn't get a penalty call in the shooting circle as regulation time ticked down, the Thunderbirds then took control in extra time.

Mahon Stroud says while the shooting stats between the two sides were similar, the Thunderbirds did get more opportunities compared to her side....

Meanwhile the Mystics came close to New Zealand's first victory on Australian soil, getting to within 1 goal with a couple of minutes to play before costly turnovers saw the Swifts win comfortably.

The Thunderbirds are third on the table with 3 wins from 4 matches, the defending champion Swifts are 2 and 2, while the Tactix and Mystics are just off the bottom of the table with 1 win each.