Wellington's netball team took a well deserved trip to the beach yesterday after pummelling Bay of Plenty 53-37 in Tauranga.
The Natasha Parsons-coached side are now fourth in the first division and can secure a spot in the semifinals by beating Waikato on October 3.
Parsons reinstated captain Daya Wiffen to the centre bib yesterday as Wellington won all four quarters of the NPC match.
"The girls have gone to the beach, it's a nice sunny day," Parsons said.
"I'm pretty happy with how things are coming along. They [Bay of Plenty] tried to really upset our play through court, just really being a bit niggly, but the team kept playing through that. They didn't get fazed too much and we didn't get involved in it.
"We were really disciplined through court and defensively as well. The umpires even commented that we didn't get tied up in that."
Wellington goal shoot Te Amo Amaru-Tibble again kept the scoreboard ticking over nicely, although BOP's tall defenders meant her percentage wasn't as high as in the previous win over Otago.
"Another good step for us is we're getting a lot more tips and turnovers."
There were upsets in both of the other first division games.
In Dunedin, Canterbury failed to cope with the loss of Anna Thompson to Silver Ferns duty and slipped to a 56-45 defeat at the hands of Otago.
And in Te Awamutu, Waikato stunned Auckland-Waitakere 61-48.
Given Wellington have lost to Auckland this season, that result pricked Parsons' ears.
"That definitely makes you think. That will be a tough game."
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