Mystics cop lesson from Qld Firebirds

Last updated 05:00 07/05/2012

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The Queensland Firebirds handed the Northern Mystics a timely reality check in the rematch of last season's trans-Tasman netball league finalists.

The defending champions produced a commanding performance to thump the Mystics 56-43 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre last night.

Meanwhile the Central Pulse have still not won a trans-Tasman netball league match in Australia and, on the strength of much of the 36-33 loss to the New South Wales Swifts, possibly never will.

The final scoreline flattered the Pulse, who improved in the final quarter. They trailed by nine goals at half-time after shooting 15 of 20.

Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic pulled a win back for the New Zealand teams in the trans-Tasman round when they comfortably accounted for West Coast Fever.

At Sydney: NSW Swifts 39 (S Pratley 20/22, A Wild 11/15, C Dziwoki 3/5, K Borger 5/6) Central Pulse 36 (C Thwaites 30/37, P Griffin 4/5, J Gupwell 2/6) HT: 24-15.

At Gold Coast: Queensland Firebirds 56 (R Aiken 34/47, N Medhurst 22/24) Mystics 43 (C Latu 20/20, M Tutaia 23/31, G Rasmussen 0/1) HT: 32-21.

At Tauranga: Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 65 (I van Dyk 37/39, J Naoupu 28/38) West Coast Fever 49 (C Bassett 34/38, C Cox 15/19) HT: 30-24.

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