24 Mar 2019

Tactix hold off late Mystics surge

6:38 pm on 24 March 2019

The Tactix have consigned the Mystics to their fifth straight loss of the national netball premiership, beating the Aucklanders 52-48 in Nelson today.

Bailey Mes

Bailey Mes Photo: Photosport

The Tactix did their best to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, squandering a 17-goal lead with 12 minutes remaining as the Mystics produced a withering 20-9 final quarter surge.

Pocketing their second win of the season, the Tactix dominated for 45 minutes of the match, increasing their lead with every quarter before they were thrown off-stride by the late-charging Mystics.

The home team led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter, 26-15 at half-time and 43-28 at the three-quarter mark, opening out to a 47-30 lead three minutes into the last stanza.

Both teams piled on the defensive pressure, and both were forced into shooting changes as the game progressed.

Goal shoot Ellie Bird shouldered much of the shooting burden for the Tactix, nailing 44 of her 52 attempts while the introduction of Grace Nweke proved pivotal for the Mystics.

Bailey Mes (13 from 22) moved out to goal attack, while the 17-year-old Nweke provided an outstanding target and landed 32 of her 37 attempts.