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Magic too strong for struggling Tactix

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/05/2017

The Tactix showed flickering signs of life, but the Magic were ruthless in extinguishing any spark of hope as they cruised to a 65-46 national netball premiership win in Hamilton. © Hannah Peters/Getty Images The Tactix showed flickering signs of life, but the Magic were ruthless in extinguishing any spark of hope as they cruised to a 65-46 national netball premiership win in Hamilton. The Tactix showed flickering signs of life, but the Magic were ruthless in extinguishing any spark of hope as they cruised to a 65-46 national netball premiership win in Hamilton.

It was the Magic's sixth win of the season from 11 starts, and consolidated their second position on the six-team ladder with just three games remaining until the play-offs.

In contrast, the Tactix have yet to win a game, and have struggled for consistency across four quarters all season.

They showed glimpses of their capabilities, including a gritty opening quarter at Claudelands Arena when they matched the Magic goal for goal to level the scores 14-14 at the first break.

But the Magic regrouped, tightened up their midcourt defensive zone and began generating more turnover ball.

Centre Ariana Cable-Dixon directed play into the attacking third with precision, the Magic using the full width of the court and showing plenty of variation on their circle feed.

With South African shooter Lenize Potgieter in deadly form the Magic dominated the second quarter to lead 32-23 at halftime, extending the margin to 48-35 at the three-quarter mark.

They ran away with the final spell 17-11, Potgieter steady in sinking 46 from 49 while 18-year-old goal attack Amorangi Malesala stepped up with 13 from 14.

Former Silver Ferns star Casey Kopua combined with goal keep Kelly Jury to torment the Tactix shooters, with the battle between the 1.92m Jury and 1.94m goal shoot Ellie Bird particularly intriguing.

Bird, in only her fifth game for the Tactix, is improving with every game and finished with solid figures of 33 from 39 but needs to develop more variety and drive in her play.

Jury, 20, already has four caps for the Silver Ferns and is set to play a key role for New Zealand at the under-21 World Youth Cup in Botswana in July.

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