Netball

Thunderbirds in new low

Reigning champions the Adelaide Thunderbirds have suffered their biggest defeat in seven years.

Steely finish needed to make netball semis

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Southern Steel are hoping a strong finish to the season will mean a brighter light is cast on the end-of-year review.

Tactix turn to rookie Jane Watson in defence

Jane Watson

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The Tactix have decided against bringing in a replacement player for Monday night's clash with the Southern Steel.

The Pulse need to turn optimism into awesome

Leana de Bruin and Irene van Dyk

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Matches are supposed to say a lot about a team but the Central Pulse remain hard to get a read on.

Wai-BoP Magic desperate to get back on court

Casey Kopua

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The tran-Tasman netball competiton bye has increased the Waikato-BoP Magic's hunger for the game.

Noeline Taurua helping out in Cayman Islands

Noeline Taurua

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Former Waikato-BOP Magic coach Noeline Taurua is helping develop the game in the Cayman Islands.

Marking Fowler-Reid tall order for Tactix GK

Jane Watson

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Tactix goalkeep Jane Watson is ready to embrace one of netball's toughest challenges - containing Southern Steel shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid.

Assistant coach Forsyth enjoying Magic ride

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Margaret Forsyth knows there's some sacrifices in order to steer the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic to this year's trans-Tasman league title.

Laura Langman first to reach milestone game

Laura Langman

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Laura Langman will become the first player in the trans-Tasman league to play 100 games.

Steel's Fowler-Reid retains Golden Bib award

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Southern Steel shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid has won back-to-back Golden Bib awards.

Australia name gold medal hopefuls for Glasgow

Irene van Dyk

Netball Australia's plans to win the Commonwealth Games gold medal for the first time since 2002 intensified today.

Pulse keep momentum going with win over Steel

Steel player Wendy Frew with Pulse Camilla Lees.

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Having produced their most complete performance of the trans-Tasman Netball League season, the Central Pulse go into the bye week with their fortunes having changed dramatically.

Tactix defender Moulds out for rest of season

Jessica Moulds

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Experienced Tactix defender Jessica Moulds has been sidelined for the remainder of their campaign.

Central Pulse well tuned for clash with the Steel

Robyn Broughton

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The ace conductor is hopeful the orchestra have come right after showing little harmony so far.

Horror second quarter cripples Tactix in Auckland

Tactix

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A dreadful second quarter has cost the Tactix a chance of an upset as they were beaten by the Mystics in Auckland.

Temepara Bailey back to boost battling Mystics

Temepara George

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Former Silver Fern Temepara Bailey is coming out of retirement to help the struggling Northern Mystics.

Central Pulse out to prove doubters wrong

Donna Wilkins

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A siege mentality seems like it suits the Central Pulse. Personable has always been a good word to describe the Pulse. Not petulant or flinty, never aloof or unapproachable.

Canterbury Tactix need to handle the pressure

Leigh Gibbs

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Leigh Gibbs must be wondering what Tactix side is going to show up against the Northern Mystics in Auckland.

Southern Steel's season hangs in the balance

Southern Steel

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The Southern Steel will try and harness some of the desperation they've seen in other New Zealand franchises over the past week.

Aussie netball great Catherine Cox calls it quits

Catherine Cox

Australian Diamonds shooter Catherine Cox, one of only four to play 100 tests, will retire from netball this year.

Tactix's Keshia Grant nails stag on hunting trip

Keshia Grant

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Tactix midcourter Keshia Grant made good use of her bye week, capturing an eight point stag on a hunting trip.

Irene van Dyk nervous when playing the Magic

Irene van Dyk

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Irene van Dyk admitted to being extremely nervous in the lead-up to facing her old team for the first time.

Weary Waikato-BOP Magic happy to have bye

Julie Fitzgerald

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The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic are feeling weary and the bye has come at just the right time for them.

Central Pulse won't rush Liana Leota into action

Liana Leota

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The Central Pulse have ruled out rushing Liana Leota back into action despite walking a tightrope.

Central Pulse hand Magic their first loss 56-53

Leana de Bruin and Irene van Dyk

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The Magic's unbeaten start to the season is over after going down to the Central Pulse 56-53 in extra time.

Crucial errors too costly for Southern Steel

jodi brown

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The Southern Steel lost 67-61 to the Northern Mystics at the ILT Stadium in Invercargill last night.

Northern Mystics overcome Southern Steel

Mystics Anna Harrison

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The Northern Mystics have kept their slim play-off hopes alive with a 67-61 win over the Southern Steel.

Northern Mystics set for must-win Steel game

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Showdown between the Southern Steel and Northern Mystics in Invercargill today shapes as a cut-throat contest

Joline Henry looks forward to a 'home' game

Joline Henry

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She may play for the Pulse, but home for Henry is with partner and kids in Hamilton - where her next game is.

Southern Steel aim to topple northern foes

Southern Steel

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It's a hard act to follow - beating the Thunderbirds in Adelaide - but Steel hope to raise the bar again.

Jhaniele Fowler-Reid on the road to top form

Jhaniele Fowler-Reid

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She hasn't quite hit the soaring heights of her record-breaking rookie season, but Southern Steel goal shoot Jhaniele Fowler-Reid is getting closer all the time.

Wai-BOP Magic confident of winning over fans

Courtney Tairi

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There's nothing like a winning team to lift attendances, and that's what the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic franchise is banking on.

Pulse rises on court but not on scoreboard

Robyn Broughton

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Coach questioning Pulse's mental toughness as promising campaign stutters with three straight losses.

Wai-BOP Magic skipper Kopua loving high tide

Casey Kopua

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Casey Kopua is well accustomed to the mood swings that come with being an elite sportsperson.

NSW Swifts dominate hapless Central Pulse

Pulse v Tactix

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The Central Pulse have lost their second straight game with a 63-45 defeat to the NSW Swifts in Sydney.

Tactix thrashed by Melbourne Vixens 67-43

Jade Clarke

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The Tactix one-game winning streak has been brought to an abrupt end by the ruthless Vixens in a 67-43 defeat.

Tactix shooters look to outfox Melbourne Vixens

Pulse v Tactix

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Tactix skipper believes side has enough shooting end variety to combat Vixens' top defensive duo.

Steel stun Thunderbirds to break Aussie hoodoo

Jhaniele Fowler-Reid

Away win over the Adelaide Thunderbirds among the biggest results in the history of the Southern Steel.

Magic stay unbeaten after victory over Fever

Joanne Harten

Five wins from five starts points to a determined Magic team, but in tonight's victory we saw something a bit more.

Firebirds continue dominance over the Mystics

Mystics

The Queensland Firebirds continued their dominance over the Northern Mystics with a deserved 58-50 victory.

Southern Steel make some history in Aussie

Jhaniele Fowler-Reid

The Southern Steel have beaten the Adelaide Thunderbirds to claim their first win in Australia.

Southern Steel skipper steps up shooting role

Jodi Brown

Plan B for the Southern Steel is Plan Brown, as in Jodi Brown.

Harten ready for English shooting circle battle

Jo Harten

Magic goal shoot might be 20,000km from home but she keeps facing off against her compatriots.

Steel in good heart for Thunderbirds clash

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Australian umpires and travel - the Southern Steel will look to combat the two issues across the ditch.

Khao Watts looking to combat Magic formula

Khao Watts

It might be a different looking Magic team to when Khao Watts was in it, but it's looking just as strong.

Southern Steel unaware of threats to Plummer

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Southern Steel officials were unaware of any threat made against West Coast Fever coach Norma Plummer.

Silver Ferns door remains Wai open for players

Waimarama Taumaunu

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Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu is leaving the door open for new blood in Glasgow.

Best is yet to come from Tactix's Zoe Walker

Zoe Walker

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Tactix defender Zoe Walker admits she owed her team-mates a memorable performance against the Pulse.

Threats force police to protect Norma Plummer

Norma Plummer

Police took measures to protect West Australian netball coach Norma Plummer during her team's visit to Dunedin, following threats made by a resident.

Jamie-Lee Price not ready to show true colours

Jamie-Lee Price

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Jamie-Lee Price has a tough call to make, but is happy avoiding it for now.
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