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Mystics too strong for Northern Stars

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/04/2017

Storm Purvis © Fiona Goodall Storm Purvis The Mystics have recorded their first win of the national netball premiership, thumping cross-town rivals the Northern Stars 58-44 in Auckland on Wednesday.

The comprehensive win was set up by a dominant first quarter, where nothing went right for the Stars.

Plagued by handling errors, miscommunication and turnovers from the first whistle, they struggled for any sort of momentum for much of the game.

Goal shoot Maia Wilson nailed her opening attempt, but it then took the Stars nearly eight minutes to sink their second.

With her team trailing 1-8, Stars coach Julie Hoornweg was forced into early changes, benching centre Fa'amu Ioane and bringing on Emma Iversen.

Fijian international Afa Rusivakula replaced Wilson, introducing more mobility into the shooting circle as the Stars finally sparked into life.

Buoyed by a 16-7 lead after 15 minutes, the Mystics attacked the second quarter with pace and precision.

Circle defenders Anna Harrison and Storm Purvis provided a steady stream of turnover ball, with the Stars midcourt struggling to find the circle edge.

Not only did Harrison pick up a series of tips and intercepts, her keen eye for the long ball into shooter Bailey Mes kept the Mystics scoreboard ticking over steadily.

Silver Ferns goal attack Maria Tutaia's long-range shooting was on song, boosting the Mystics out to a 32-19 lead at halftime and 44-33 at the three-quarter mark.

With Mes sinking 25 from 29, and Tutaia 33 from 40, the Mystics always looked in control.

Their win boosts them to fourth in the six-team competition, ahead of the Stars and bottom-placed Mainland Tactix.

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