Southern Steel make some history in Aussie

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 16:09 30/03/2014

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The Southern Steel have created history by winning on Australian soil for the first time since the start of the trans-Tasman netball competition in 2008.

Steel's 61-59 win over the Adelaide Thunderbirds in Adelaide this afternoon has snapped a 16-game losing streak across the ditch and is the Invercargill-based franchise's second straight win of the season.

As it was against the West Coast Fever in Dunedin last weekend, the second half came down to a thrilling goal-for-goal contest, with the Thunderbirds coming back from a five-goal deficit at halftime to almost steal the game.

The Steel had a big first quarter to leap out to an 18-13 lead.

They were able to hold that advantage in the second quarter, but the Thunderbirds comfortably won the third.

With two breaks early in the final stanza the Steel seemed to have the game under control before the Thunderbirds got back to within three goals. A massive performance under the hoop from Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, with 50 goals from 59 attempts, helped to unravel the league's defending champions. 

The Steel got good return from their young defensive pairing of Storm Purvis and Phoenix Karaka after the veteran Rachel Rasmussen was ruled out pre-game with an ankle injury.

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- Fairfax Media

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