Pulse victory a 'special one'

Last updated 12:00 10/04/2012

Relevant offers

Pulse

Pulse well tuned for clash with Steel Central Pulse out to prove doubters wrong Pulse won't rush Liana Leota into action Irene van Dyk nervous when playing Magic Pulse down Magic for first loss 56-53 Joline Henry looks forward to 'home' game Pulse rises on court but not on scoreboard Swifts dominate hapless Pulse Broughton keeps calm after loss to Tactix Robyn's rules on the court

The news might be old, but that shouldn't diminish the fact that the Central Pulse have won.

Hopefully that'll become commonplace one day. For now, though, every victory remains a special one.

Prior to Saturday's 47-42 win over the Southern Steel, the Pulse had won just five matches in four and a bit trans-Tasman netball league campaigns.

All eight encounters with the Steel had been lost and there was little in each team's round one performances to suggest that would change at Napier's Pettigrew-Green Arena.

But it did and in a big way too. The Pulse were dominant from the opening whistle and never let that ascendancy slip.

"Bloody stoked," Pulse captain, Katrina Grant, said. It was the first time she could remember her team ever gaining a lead and holding it.

"We've tended to let our lead go in the last quarter, but this time we managed to keep it which was good to see," Grant said.

The importance of Saturday's victory can't be underestimated.

After an encouraging off-season, highlighted by the recruitment of coach Robyn Broughton and a proven winner in wing defence Joline Henry, the Pulse needed to show that there was some substance to all the talk of a new era.

With Grant, Henry and goal shoot Caitlin Thwaites all superb against the Steel, the supporting cast did enough to ensure the trio's performances weren't in vain.

"I definitely did not want to lose that game. I wasn't going to get off that court until we'd won," Grant said.

Her reward will be to mark Romelda Aiken, when the Pulse meet the Queensland Firebirds in Brisbane on Sunday.

"Just the reigning champions and the tallest shooter in the world, so no big deal," Grant joked of the assignment that awaits her and her team-mates.

Not that the Firebirds are looking quite so formidable at the moment. No team has ever defended their title in this league and, having been beaten in round one by the Melbourne Vixens then 54-44 by the Adelaide Thunderbirds yesterday, the Firebirds show few signs of bucking that trend.

"It will be tough to go to Brisbane and play them at home, but they're just another team and they've been upset and are obviously beatable," Grant said.

"We still didn't do an amazing job last night [against the Steel]. We had too many turnovers [21] and we didn't convert all the time and we lost quite a few of our centre passes. So we obviously have a lot to improve on, but if we can step up another level next week then we definitely have a chance."

Ad Feedback

Steel skipper Jodi Brown saluted the Pulse back three, who frustrated them for much of the game.

"They were pretty tough. They did a really good job of disrupting us off the ball. They put on a really good zone [defence] against us."

The Northern Mystics beat the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 47-41.

Related story:

Pulse beat Steel

twitter Follow news about Wellington teams on Twitter @dompost_sport

- © Fairfax NZ News

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Do you think Mark Hammett has done a good job as the Hurricanes coach this season?

Yes

No

It's been an average season

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content