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    Round 1

    By Ian Harkin

    Well, what an opening round we have just witnessed in the 2021 ANZ Premiership. The start of this year’s competition was highly anticipated thanks to a great deal of player movement and some high profile team changes in the off-season. Going in, there was a feeling this could be an even and unpredictable season. And the first round certainly did not disappoint in that regard. Last year’s two grand finalists both lost, while the two teams at the other end of the ladder in 2020, both won.

    The opening match saw Central Pulse, the two time defending champions, come up against Northern Stars. Much was expected of the Stars who had recruited well. Meanwhile, the Pulse lineup was missing some top names from the champion team of last year. Among the big outs was Silver Ferns shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio who it was announced would be taking time away from the game to recover from fatigue. She is now back training with the team, but it’s unknown when she will return to playing.

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    Round 2

    By Ian Harkin

    Round two is done and dusted in the 2021 ANZ Premiership and we have just one undefeated team left standing. The Stars have started the season with two strong wins and sit alone on top of the ladder. Likewise, there is only one team yet to taste victory and that’s a surprise. The Tactix, last year’s grand finalists and one of the top pre-season fancies for this year’s title have started with two resounding defeats. There are no easy wins in the competition this year, so it’s going to be a battle for them to get on the board.

    The first match of the weekend saw Northern Mystics open their account for the season with a win over Southern Steel in a high scoring match. Defence went out the window for much of this game as the two spearheads dominated in a 122-goal encounter. English import George Fisher continued her tremendous start in the ANZ Premiership with a perfect 42 from 42 for the Steel. Normally, a flawless shooting display like that would make her the star of the show, but at the other end of the court in this match was Grace Nweke who slotted 56 from 60.

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    Round 3

    By Ian Harkin

    After round three, it’s greatly differing fortunes for two of the pre-season favourites. Stars are still unbeaten and Tactix still hasn’t registered a victory. Meanwhile, the first match of the weekend was in Invercargill as Steel took on Pulse. The two time defending champions were still without Silver Ferns captain Ameliaranne Ekenasio, and we now know that situation will continue for the rest of the season as she has just announced she is pregnant. Congratulations to Ameliaranne.

    Pulse was on the back foot from the start as the home side skipped out to an 11-4 lead after nine minutes. At half time, the score was 29-22 in Steel’s favour, and although challenged and in fact briefly headed in the third quarter, the locals held their nerve to run out four-goal winners in front of their adoring fans. English import George Fisher had another terrific game for Steel, and she was fed superbly by Tiana Metuarau. At the other end of the court, young defender Taneisha Fifita continued her strong form. Aliyah Dunn and Claire Kersten were among the best for Pulse.

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    Round 4

    By Ian Harkin

    The Stars maintained their position on top of the ANZ Premiership ladder as they kept their unbeaten record intact in the first match of round four. Stars won every quarter as they defeated Southern Steel 59-45. An example of their dominance is the number of attempts each team had; 78 for Stars compared to just 56 for Steel.

    Stars’ win was built on a strong defence which stifled the Steel attacking play and led to a string of possession gains, 23 in all. Leading the way again was the circle defensive duo of goal keeper Elle Temu and ageless goal defence Anna Harrison, who each finished with seven gains. Lisa Mather at wing defence also had an outstanding game. This back three is developing into a combination that will be extremely difficult to beat.

    Gifted all the extra possession, Stars midcourters Mila Reuela-Buchanan and Gina Crampton didn’t waste it as once again they combined for over 40 goal assists. The success rate of shooters Maia Wilson and Jamie Hume was a touch lower than they would have liked, otherwise the eventual winning margin would have been even greater.

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    Round 5

    By Ian Harkin

    Round five of the ANZ Premiership saw competition leaders Stars retain their unbeaten record and Tactix and Mystics play out an absolute thriller. Meanwhile there was a sense of deja vu about the other result. In the opening game of the round, Steel defeated Pulse 56-52, exactly the same score they had beaten the defending champions by in their round three clash just a fortnight earlier. A run of five straight Steel goals two-thirds of the way through the first quarter had the visitors up 14-9. From there they were never headed, despite Pulse drawing level on two occasions. On both occasions Steel held firm, including another run of five goals in the third quarter.

    Incredible shooting accuracy (52/54) from Pulse allowed them to stay right in the match, but in the end, it was the more efficient midcourt of Steel which held sway. Captain Shannon Saunders led by example at wing attack with 23 assists, one gain and just one turnover. Along with centre Kate Heffernan, Saunders was able to provide the Steel shooters with consistent opportunities. English import George Fisher made more unforced errors than in earlier rounds, but was still a dominant figure up front, and her combination with Tiana Metuara continues to flourish.

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    NS SCOREBOARD – ANZP Round 6

    By Ian Harkin

    Well, what a turn up we saw in Round six of the ANZ Premiership. It seems strange to call a match an upset when the two-time defending champions win, but that’s exactly what it was as Pulse defeated the previously unbeaten Stars very comfortably 57-44. Not many saw this result coming, despite the margin being just four goals when the two teams met in the very first match of the season. For Pulse, the star of the show was Fijian defender Kelera Nawai who had an incredible match, her performance seeing a struggling Stars captain Maia Wilson benched.

    For Stars, it’s a wake up call. It will be back to the drawing board now for the next time they come up against the premiers. There were excuses for the size of the defeat however. With the score level at 18 apiece in the second quarter, Anna Harrison had to leave the court with an ankle injury. She returned to the court late in the third quarter, but by then, a lot of the damage to Stars’ hopes had been done. Pulse were on a roll by that stage and they surged to a strong victory, putting the competition on notice that they won’t give up their crown easily.

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    NS SCOREBOARD – ANZP Round 7

    By Ian Harkin

    Round seven of the ANZ Premiership concluded with a thriller, but it began with an upset. Coming into the match in fifth place, Southern Steel travelled to Auckland and accounted for the second-placed Northern Mystics on their home court. It all started with a strong first quarter as Steel capitalised on a series of Mystics errors. Elisapeta Toeava had five turnovers on her own by quarter time. She then didn’t have another one for the rest of the game, but the damage was already done. Up by six goals at the first break, Steel controlled the game from that point on.

    For Steel, young defender Taneisha Fifita continued a strong season, collecting five possession gains, including four intercepts. At the other end of the court, the combination of George Fisher and Tiana Metuara had a much improved showing. Metuarau, who had eight turnovers the previous week, had just two against Mystics, and importantly she was able to take some of the scoring load off Fisher, with 16 goals of her own. All three midcourt players performed their role well, with captain Shannon Saunders continuing her fine form.

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    NS SCOREBOARD – ANZP Round 8

    By Ian Harkin

    Round eight of the ANZ Premiership was the tightest of the 2021 competition so far. Just seven goals in total separated the winners from the losers, with all three defeated teams picking up a bonus point. The round kicked off with a clash between last year’s grand finalists. The hosts, Tactix never trailed at any sage during the match and ran out 55-52 winners over Pulse. But that doesn’t tell the whole story.

    After leading by four at quarter time, seven at half time, and five at three quarter time, the home side controlled the majority of the last quarter, slowly but surely extending their lead. When Te Paea Selby-Rickit scored with less than two and a half minutes left on the clock, the margin was a comfortable ten goals. But incredibly, they didn’t score again while Pulse piled on seven goals straight to finish the match.

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    NS SCOREBOARD – ANZP Round 9

    By Ian Harkin

    In a recurring theme of this year’s competition, round nine of the ANZ Premiership proved to be another close one, with all three games once again going down to the wire and being decided by margins of five goals or less. That’s now seven straight games (and almost 60% of all this year’s games) that have resulted in the loser taking away a bonus point.

    The first match of the weekend saw competition leaders Stars come up against defending champions Central Pulse. Just three rounds earlier, Pulse had won their previous encounter easily to inflict the first defeat on Stars for the season. Despite a good start from Stars, it appeared this result may be going the same way as that round six match when Pulse won both the second and third quarters to take a three goal lead into the final quarter.

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    NS SCOREBOARD – ANZP Round 10

    By Ian Harkin

    Round 10 of the ANZ Premiership saw the competition’s two leading teams, Stars and Mystics, put a handy gap between themselves and the chasing pack. In the opening clash of the round, Stars consolidated their position on top, defeating Steel by 10 goals. But that wasn’t really a true indication of the game. The final score line flattered Stars. Just before three-quarter time, they only led by two. That was when Steel shooter George Fisher and Stars defender Elle Temu clashed heavily and Fisher was forced to leave the court for the rest of the game.

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    NS SCOREBOARD – ANZP Round 11

    By Ian Harkin

    Round 11 of the ANZ Premiership was reduced to just two games, thanks to the postponement of Pulse v Tactix. That fixture has now been moved to next Friday, July 9.

    The first game of the round saw the much awaited top of the table clash between Stars and Mystics. Stars had just the better of a very tight first half. They won the first quarter by two goals, while Mystics won the second by one. But the second half was a completely different story. Mystics got on top thanks to a dominant third quarter from young shooter Grace Nweke who piled on 19 goals. Like every other team in the competition, Stars found the task of stopping Nweke almost impossible thanks to the great service she was getting from Elisapeta Toeava and Bailey Mes.

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    NS SCOREBOARD – ANZP Round 12

    By Ian Harkin

    Round 12 may go down as the round when Northern Mystics really put their stamp on the competition. Having beaten Stars, the previous ladder leaders, by eight goals just seven days earlier, they went out and did exactly the same again on their home court. Due to a quirk in the draw, the two teams have actually played each other three times in the past five rounds, and Mystics have won all three clashes. The Stars defence has simply found it impossible to stop the potent Mystics attack. In each of those three matches, Mystics have scored over 60 goals, with young shooter Grace Nweke averaging 56 goals and wing attack Elisapeta Toeava 27 assists.

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    NS SCOREBOARD – ANZP Round 13

    By Ian Harkin

    There are just two rounds left in the ANZ Premiership before the finals begin. At this stage, there are four teams still in contention. Round 13 saw the ladder really take shape and it began on Friday with a match postponed from round 11. In what was a close, tense battle all night, Tactix just managed to get over the top of the Pulse, effectively snuffing out the chances of the defending premiers making it three titles in a row. Coming into the game, Tactix would have been hoping for a more comfortable victory, but the home side took it right up to them.

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    NS SCOREBOARD – ANZP Round 14

    By Ian Harkin

    Round 14 of the ANZ Premiership was the round that the three playoff teams were decided. Ladder leaders, the Northern Mystics cemented their position on top of the ladder and will now play off in the Grand Final at Spark Arena in Auckland. Meanwhile, second and third placed Mainland Tactix and Southern Steel, both had wins to book their place in the Preliminary Final. If that makes it sound as if the results of round 14 were a mere formality, nothing could be further from the truth. All three games were nail biters that went down to the last minute.

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    ROUND 15 SUMMARY

    By Ian Harkin

    With the three playoff teams having already been decided and Mystics locked in for the big one, the only thing left to do was find out which team would host the Elimination Final. First up, it was Steel as they looked to win and put the pressure on Tactix. And this they duly did, but not before a tough battle with Pulse, the champions of the past two years. Steel maintained the lead throughout the game, and they seemed to be coasting to victory when they stretched the margin to eight goals during the last quarter. That was before a sudden change came over the game. Through a serious of turnovers, Pulse piled on goal after goal, and ate into the margin. They ran out of time however and Steel held on by two goals.

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