Southland A make top-eight at NZ Men's Netball Championships

Southland A goal shoot Sam Dixon gathers a rebound against Dunedin A at the NZ Men's Netball Championships in Invercargill.
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Southland A goal shoot Sam Dixon gathers a rebound against Dunedin A at the NZ Men's Netball Championships in Invercargill.

Southland A have qualified for the top-eight crossover matches at the NZ Men's Netball Championships in Invercargill.

The Southland combination bounced back from a heavy 53-17 loss to the highly fancied Christchurch A side on Thursday morning, with a morale boosting 41-24 victory over southern rivals Dunedin, to book the home team a top-four spot in Pool B at Stadium Southland.

Christchurch A boasts an impressive total of 18 titles from previous tournaments and showed why they will be one of the teams to beat at the 2017 event with some dynamic high tempo play against the Southland A team.

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Southland's Adam Newton goes for the ball against Dunedin A in the NZ ...
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10092017News.John Hawkins.Southland Times/Stuff. Southland's Adam Newton goes for the ball against Dunedin A in the NZ Men's Netball Championships in Invercargill.

The southerners backed up their one win and two losses from the opening day of the four-day nationals, to finish third in their pool.

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The top-eight crossover matches take place at 11:30am on Friday, with Southland A hunting for a spot in the semifinals against an opponent from the other pool, which gets decided earlier on Friday morning.

Southland A team goal shoot Sam Dixon tries to shoot over Christchurch A's Jamie Brown during  the NZ Men's Netball ...
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Southland A team goal shoot Sam Dixon tries to shoot over Christchurch A's Jamie Brown during the NZ Men's Netball Championships at Stadium Southland in Invercargill.

The Southland B team battled in pool play in two tough games on Thursday.

They lost their morning match against defending champions North Harbour Open 46-12, before going down against the Australian Reserve team 35-11.

The B-side face Cook Strait on Friday at 9am as they chase their first win of the competition before the competition splits into playoff rounds.

The competition will get more even with teams split into A Grade and B Grade, while there is also a separate competition for age group teams.

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The NZ Men's Netball Championships features 18 teams, including three Australian sides and some age group combinations. 

 - Stuff

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