Little joy for Canterbury Tactix in finale

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 16:08 01/07/2012

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The Canterbury Tactix have ended their trans-Tasman netball competition with another loss, but they aren't finishing empty-handed.

The team were thrashed 65-44 by playoff-bound Adelaide Thunderbirds this afternoon and the loss secured the Tactix's third-straight wooden spoon.

With nothing but pride to play for they were always going to struggle in Adelaide against a Thunderbirds side ramping up for a shot at their second ANZ Championship title.

The 2010 competition winners came out firing in the first spell, putting to the sword any hopes the Tactix had of sending off retiring veterans Anna Galvan and Maree Bowden with a win.

Up 9-6 midway through the opening quarter, the Thunderbirds' defence upped their pressure and the Tactix fell off the pace.

Schoolgirl errors, including turnovers for stepping and offside, gifted possession away and the home side needed no second invitation to pounce.

They bounded out to a 19-6 quarter time lead and went on a 10-0 run on either side of the first break.

While the Thunderbirds eased the ball through court quickly and efficiently, the Tactix never had enough passing options and laboured the ball to their shooters or threw it away to the seemingly everywhere Thunderbirds' defence.

With goal percentage used to separate teams tied on points at the end of the 13-round round-robin season, the Thunderbirds were keen to heap as much pain on the Tactix as possible.

And it wasn't until the third quarter the Tactix were able to compete.

The Thunderbirds led 35-17 at haltime, but won the third spell by just one point.

The Tactix were much-improved in the final quarter, but by then the Thunderbirds were resting their stars and going through the motions.

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