ANZ Premiership: Mainland Tactix snatch thrilling extra-time win over Northern Mystics

Mainland Tactix have taken a thrilling one-point victory over Northern Mystics in the ANZ Premiership, winning 64-63 after extra time in Christchurch.

Coming two weeks after the Mystics' dramatic 53-52 win over the Tactix in Auckland, Mainland got their revenge by the exact same margin.

In a match that saw the two sides trade goals, the Tactix's shooting pair of Ellie Bird (44 from 53) and Te Paea Selby-Rickit (20 from 29) came up trumps, despite another stunning display from the Mystics' teen sensation Grace Nweke (59 from 63).

Despite leading 29-28 at halftime, the Tactix were forced to come from behind in the final quarter, as the Mystics took a four-goal lead into the last period at 47-43.

But Bird and Selby-Rickit's excellence in the shooting circle, as well as some equally impressive defence from Jane Watson, had the Tactix draw level.

Bird scored a long-range goal with just seconds to play, levelling the scores at 58-58 to send the match into extra-time.

The two sides continued to trade blows into extra-time, before Selby-Rickit scored the decisive goal in the final moments to see the Tactix take victory.

The Tactix's win moves them into fourth on the ANZ Premiership ladder, with seven points from five matches, two behind Southern Steel in third place.

Elsewhere, defeat sees the Mystics lose ground on the competition leading Northern Stars, sitting one point behind but having played one game more.