Netball: Northern Stars continue hot start to ANZ Premiership season by thumping Tactix

The Northern Stars have continued their hot start to the ANZ Premiership season by thumping the Tactix 57-43 at Pulman Arena in Auckland.

The Stars started their campaign with victory over the defending champion Central Pulse in the opening round, and have backed that up against the title favourite Tactix.

The hosts celebrated wing attack Gina Crampton's 100th match in style with a 14-goal victory to reamain unbeaten.

The Auckland side were lead by captain Maia Wilson, who was ruthless with her shooting to ensure the Tactix were punished for their 27 turnovers.

The Tactix  led early, but once the home side hit the front they never looked back. They edged the first quarter 13-11 before extending their lead to three going into halftime.

The home side came out on fire after the break to all but put the contest to bed. They raced out to an eight-goal lead at the end of the third stanza, thanks to the sharp shooting from Wilson, who shot at 89 percent for the night. 

The Stars dived for loose balls, blocked shots and played at a higher tempo to run away with the contest in the final quarter.

The Stars are next in action against the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, while the Tactix stay in Auckland to play the Northern Mystics. 

Northern Stars 57 (Wilson 40/45, Jamie Hume 17/20) bt Canterbury Tactix 43 (Ellie Bird 31/34, Jess Prosser 11/14, Hannah Glen 1/2)

And in the second game of the day, the defending champion Central Pulse team have cruised to a comfortable

59-47 win over the Magic in Hamilton for their first win of this year's competition.

Up 20-12 after 15 mintues, and 33-22 at halftime, the Pulse had the game compeltely under control. They took a low-scoring third quarter 13-9, and while the Magic finished well to win the fourth quarter. the game was always out of reach.

Aliyah Dunn's accuracy underpinned the result, the goal shooter sinking 41 from 46 attempts, with solid back-up from Te Amo Amaru-Tibble (16 from 19).

The shooters were supplied with plenty of quality ball from a busy and well-performed midcourt, the Pulse enjoying a far greater share of the possession with 69 attempts at goal compared to the Magic's 52.

Pulse captain Claire Kersten and Maddy Gordon were also busy defensively, keeping Magic's feeders away from the circle edge and allowing defenders Kelly Jury and Kelera Nawai to haul in a bounty of turnover ball.