TBParticipantJuly 23, 2021 at 7:32 pmPost count: 425
So if Steel and Tactix both loose, there’s still no chance for the Stars to make finals?ClozParticipantJuly 23, 2021 at 9:06 pmPost count: 34
No, even if steel and tactix were to lose with no bonus point. Stars will finish one point behind.al_exParticipantJuly 23, 2021 at 9:11 pmPost count: 951
I’m a firm believer that no more than half the teams should make finals, but I feel like the NZ comp plays the finals the wrong way around. Instead of having 1 going straight to the final, I think it should play out more like in four team comps with 1 v 2 and then 3 can play the loser in the preliminary final. It’s crazy that Mystics are just straight into a home final. It also makes the end of the season so short, and at times anti-climactic.mcleodParticipantJuly 24, 2021 at 6:40 amPost count: 1136
Na I think it’s a excellent format. Only 6 teams. Last year there was no playoff was just a final 1 v 2.
Home advantage for either team will be massive.
I also feel the Mystics are stumbling at the end of the comp. Lost to he Steel, fall over the line against the Pulse, winning only by 2, when they lead by about 12 at one stage. They will want to put out a full 60min game against the Tactix, but with the game tomorrow being in Christchurch, Sunday arvo and pretty much sold out, I feel the Tactix will want it more.HBHPParticipantJuly 24, 2021 at 9:41 amPost count: 41
I really wish they did a playoff series! Best of 3 would be so exciting, especially with how close it has been this year. I’d also love to see a proper semi final (1v4, 2v3) instead of the current formatBallerParticipantJuly 24, 2021 at 3:21 pmPost count: 349
I wondered if there might be a different feel from the Pulse now that everything is out in the open. No pressure and playing for enjoyment.Ian HarkinModeratorJuly 24, 2021 at 3:34 pmPost count: 10196
1/4 time: Steel 17-14
Fisher 11/11 (100%)
Metuarau 6/7 (86%)
Dunn 9/10 (90%)
Amaru-Tibble 5/5 (100%)
Penalties: Steel 14-11
Turnovers: Pulse 5-4mcleodParticipantJuly 24, 2021 at 3:37 pmPost count: 1136
Bit of a bland game so far, nobody doing anything.TBParticipantJuly 24, 2021 at 3:41 pmPost count: 425
I really don’t understand the comments (or how it’s such a great story)regarding Tibble and how she thought she wasn’t going to get much court time, and now has played most minutes. Talking like it’s an excuse for why she’s not fully fit.
I mean did she only do half the preseason training, cause she thought she wasn’t going to get much court time? Or was she not required by the coach, to complete all preseason sessions?
Then you go over to the SSN, where some starting 7 players (Austin and Watson comes to mind) have had season ending injuries………their replacement players come in, and you barely hear a word about fitness.
You’d think with the new fitness standards at Silverferns level, it should filter down to the franchise teams for ALL players 🤷♂️HBHPParticipantJuly 24, 2021 at 3:52 pmPost count: 41
Outstanding game from Heffernan so faramandalouiseParticipantJuly 24, 2021 at 3:53 pmPost count: 43
I’ll be interested to see when (if!) the Constellation Cup is played, how the Australian team stops/defends the very very short passes that NZ do a lot. I think it was a bit of a silly rule change, it does make it very hard to defend, but NZ players are certainly using it to advantage, and I don’t recall seeing it used at all in the SSN games.Ian HarkinModeratorJuly 24, 2021 at 3:53 pmPost count: 10196
1/2 time: Steel 32-29
Fisher 23/23 (100%)
Metuarau 9/11 (82%)
Dunn 17/20 (85%)
Amaru-Tibble 12/12 (100%)
Penalties: Steel 25-20
Turnovers: Pulse 10-8mcleodParticipantJuly 24, 2021 at 3:59 pmPost count: 1136
I agree TB. And a interesting comment from Sam Winders after the Magic v Tactix game last Sunday.
She said something like they knew that they had to get a good lead, as they wouldn’t be able to run with the Tactix for 60min.
Um so it seems Tactix are training under the Dame Noels fitness, and Magic just do whatever they want.
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