The Canterbury Tactix netballers have vowed to keep pushing in the trans-Tasman championship despite another heartbreakingly close loss.
The Tactix went down 53-49 to the top New Zealand side, the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, on Thursday night in Rotorua - it's the Tactix' fourth loss by five points or less.
The Tactix won the second quarter and drew the third to head into the final quarter level on 38-all, then slipped behind by four points.
The Tactix play the other bottom local side, the Central Pulse, in Christchurch on Monday... it's their best chance of avoiding the wooden spoon and Tactix wing attack and co-captain Maree Bowden is determined to keep trying.
Bowden, who is keen to fill in for the Silver Ferns again at the World Championships if required through injury or other circumstance, says they're just going to knuckle down and try to upset some sides in their last three games.
After the Pulse clash, the Tactix play the Northern Mystics away then host the top side, the Queensland Firebirds, in the final round.
The run-in for the wooden spoon isn't any easier for the two other battlers, with the Pulse playing the Mystics and the Firebirds away while the West Coast Fever host the Melbourne Vixens, then face the Firebirds and the Adelaide Thunderbirds away.