30 Mar 2010

Magic and Fever score wins

7:23 am on 30 March 2010

The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic got back to winning ways with a 47-41 victory over the Southern Steel in a second round trans Tasman netball championship match in Rotorua.

Trailing 24-23 at halftime the Magic staged a third quarter surge to retake the lead.

Although the Steel clambered back to tie the score many times, they were never able to overhaul the Magic.

Magic coach Noeline Taurua retained all seven of her starting lineup throughout the game, unlike against Melbourne in their opening game when she rotated her whole bench, and the move paid off as the pressure went on in the last 10 minutes.

Irene van Dyk landed 27 of 30 attempts and was ably backed up by Jodi Brown who landed 20 from 25.

Meanwhile the West Coast Fever got their first win with a 62-44 victory over the Canterbury Tactix in Perth.

The Fever lost their opening game to the Southern Steel, but returned to Perth and ensured the Tactix remained winless in Australia with an emphatic 18-goal win, their biggest victory in the competition.