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Tutaia helps Mystics topple Magic

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/05/2017

The race for second place in the national netball premiership is wide open with the Northern Mystics ambushing Waikato Bay of Plenty 59-55 in Hamilton.

The fourth-placed Mystics withstood a late Magic charge on Wednesday to win their fourth match from eight games.

The Magic remain second alongside the Central Pulse, who share the same 5-3 record. They are some distance behind the unbeaten Southern Steel.

With Maria Tutaia leading from the front, the Mystics suggested they were finding form at the right time.

The veteran Silver Ferns' goal attack was influential, landing numerous long shots to finish with 31 from 36 attempts.

With international teammate Bailey Mes less certain, Tutaia took more shots, linking sweetly with wing attack Elisapeta Toeava.

Anna Harrison enjoyed another authoritative night, earning plenty of turnover ball and restricting the flow to Magic's South African goal attack Lenize Potgieter (38/42).

The Mystics led 15-14 after the first quarter and won the second and third stanzas comfortably to be 45-38 up with one term to play. The Magic pulled within four goals with five minutes remaining but were unable to get any closer.

At the midway point of the season, the semi-finalists appear set in stone unless the fifth-placed Northern Stars can launch a late charge.

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