Netball: Investigation launched into Premiership send-off

ANZ Premiership commissioner Kate Agnew has raised an investigation into the Round Two match between the Nothern Mystics and Northern Stars following the suspension and ordering off of Stars midcourt Fa’amu Ioane.

The match, won 60-54 by the Mystics on Monday, saw Ioane sent from the court in the fourth quarter for the remainder of the game.

The NZ U21 was 'sin-binned' for two minutes in the third quarter for repeated infringements and when she returned, Ioane was dispatched permanently after trying to steal the ball from a defender early in the final period.

Mystics punish short-handed Stars for first premiership win

The short-handed Stars were still in contention at 51-50 behind, but conceded five straight goals to fall away in the dying moments.

Agnew has authorised an investigation into aspects of the game under the disciplinary section of the ANZ Premiership Competition Rules.

Former ANZ Championship general manager Mark Bailey will head the investigation.

The investigation will provide a recommendation on whether or not further action is required, which may include a judicial hearing, on any of the technical offence and misconduct items.

Bailey has commenced the process and it is intended the recommendation will be made by the end of this week prior to the start of Round Three of the ANZ Premiership.