29 Mar 2011

Good night for NZ netball teams

6:30 am on 29 March 2011

It was a rare night for New Zealand netball teams with 2 wins over Australian opposition in the trans-tasman competition.

A last second Irene van Dyk goal gave the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic a 42-41 victory over the West Coast Fever in Perth.

The low score confirmed a strong defensive game with van Dyk involved in a great tussle with Fever goal keep Susan Fuhrmann, however the Silver Fern still managed to convert 25 of her 26 goal attempts.

Meanwhile the Southern Steel produced their best performance of the year with a hard-fought 52-48 win over the defending champion Adelaide Thunderbirds in Invercargill.

Showing more drive and control than they had in any of their six previous games, the Steel had a 10-goal lead at three-quarter time and held on to repell a late surge by the visitors.

The Magic remain second behind Queensland, while the Steel move up to 6th.