Match Report – Central Pulse v Southern Steel (Grand Final, ANZ Premiership 2018)
BY MICHAEL HUTCHINSON
Southern Steel have claimed consecutive ANZ Premiership titles with a thrilling come-from-behind win over Central Pulse. Pulse had the better of their opponents across the regular season, having accounted for Steel 62-51 in Round 1 and 71-40 in Round 4 (the biggest margin in 2018), before Steel got one back with a 51-47 victory in Round 9. It was also a re-match of last years’ final, but with both sides having had significant personnel changes in the off-season. Steel bookends Jhaniele Fowler (now at West Coast Fever) and Jane Watson (Tactix) departed, while Pulse took on a whole new look without the services of Cat Tuivaiti (Adelaide Thunderbirds), Phoenix Karaka (Northern Mystics) and England import Sara Bayman (Sirens).