Tactix captain pleased by team's effort

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 05:00 25/02/2013

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Tactix skipper Anna Thompson says there's plenty to like about her side's one win, four-loss record in Australia at the weekend.

The Tactix lost an organised game with the West Coast Fever, then played in the Melbourne Vixens' Summer Challenge tournament where they lost to the hosts, the NSW Swifts and the Adelaide Thunderbirds, but thumped the Northern Mystics.

Rather than winning, Thompson said the trip was more about re-familiarising themselves with the Australian style and the rigours of the competition while giving the side's new players a taste of what to expect this season.

Without key new signing Julianna Naoupu and probable starting wing defence Bessie Manu (both recovering from injuries), the Tactix exceeded a few expectations.

They were well beaten by Melbourne 39-25, then bounced back to stay neck-and-neck with the Swifts until the final quarter before losing 45-34.

Their 40-25 pasting of the Mystics will no doubt give the three-time wooden-spoon-winners a nice confidence kick as will their narrow four-goal loss to the Thunderbirds.

"I think the whole trip was great for us," Thompson said.

"We worked on a few combinations and got a few new players on court and, with where we're at in terms of our preparation, it was timely to get some good, tough games."

With the return of Naoupu and Manu, Thompson said there was plenty to like about how the side was tracking.

"They're both big players for us and having them back gives us a few more options, but this was good to give more players opportunities and I think we did well."

The Tactix travel to Timaru this weekend where they will play the Southern Steel and the Canterbury men's side.

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