ANZ Premiership: Southern Steel defeat Mainland Tactix in emotional encounter

The Southern Steel have overcome the Mainland Tactix 70-52 in an emotional ANZ Premiership clash in Invercargill.

There were doubts the match would proceed, after the terror attacks that took place in Christchurch, but the fixture continued with the tragic events still on everyone's mind.

While other Canterbury sports teams - the Crusaders, the Canterbury cricket side and Canterbury United football team - cancelled their respective games after the shootings, the Tactix opted to play to honour the victims.

Both the Steel and Tactix observed an emotional moment's silence before the clash, with Mainland players shedding tears.

The Tactix raced out to an early 7-3 lead, but the Steel fought back to lead 16-11 at the end of the first quarter and held on for the remainder of the match.

Steel shooters Lenize Potgieter and Te Paea Selby-Rickit were both in lethal form, landing 45/51 and 25/30 of their goals respectively.

After the match, the Tactix announced that $2800 had been raised to help the families in Christchurch.

"A huge thank you to everyone for their messages over the last few days, the team has truly appreciated your support," read the Facebook post.

"It was a tough night on the court in Invercargill, we always knew the Southern Steel are hard to knock over at home! But the team left everything they had on court.

"The love and support we felt from the Netball South staff and fans was exceptional. Thank you all."

Earlier in the day, the Magic have picked up their second win of the premiership, defeating the winless Mystics 42-34 in Auckland.


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