The Southland netball team has reset its goals on a fifth-placed finish at this week's NPC tournament.
The Reinga Te Huia-coached side lost 55-41 to Auckland and 56-33 to Hamilton yesterday to end pool play with only one win from its five games.
A fourth-placed finish in pool B means Southland was on track to take on Wellington at 1.30pm today, with the winner going through to play off for fifth place tomorrow.
"We played really well [against Auckland] and probably a couple of errors just before halftime blew out the score to five. The last quarter, we drew that, so I was pretty pleased. Overall it was probably our most consistent [performance] and we did give them a fright, which was good. Our game against Hamilton - not so flash. To be fair they were pretty classy and did a good job of upsetting our play and disrupting the timing through the court," Te Huia said.
The Auckland team featured Southern Steel defenders Rachel Rasmussen and Phoenix Karaka, while Hamilton included a number of players on the fringe of trans-Tasman play.
Te Huia has a full squad to choose from despite a bruising schedule which has seem teams play five games in three days.
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