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Unbeaten Steel clinical in downing Magic

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/06/2017

Te Paea Selby-Rickit of the Steel. © Getty Images Te Paea Selby-Rickit of the Steel. Southern Steel have extended their unbeaten netball premiership run to 13 matches, overwhelming the Magic 78-59 in Invercargill on Sunday.

Already assured of a spot in the grand final later this month, the Steel were clinical in winning every quarter, although the second-placed Magic started brightly.

Young keeper Kelly Jury combined with seasoned campaigner Casey Kopua to nail some encouraging turnover ball, and the Magic proved efficient in converting the bonus possession.

But their early lead dissolved midway through the opening quarter, the Steel embarking on a five-goal run as their through-court defensive pressure left the Magic hesitant and off-balance in trying to find shooters Lenize Potgieter and Monica Falkner.

At the other end of the court, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid worked well with goal attack Te Paea Selby-Rickit in splitting the circle, as the Steel eased out to lead 18-13 at the first break.

They extended the margin to 37-28 lead at the main break, although the Magic came out firing in the third quarter to narrow the Steel's lead to just five.

The comeback was short-lived, the Steel's slick, speedy and creative midcourt sending in a barrage of quality ball as they opened out to lead 57-32 at the three-quarter mark.

They took the final quarter 20-14, Fowler-Reid (60 from 66) and Selby-Rickit (18 from 23) yet again closing out the win with a dominant shooting performance.

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