Netball: Mainland Tactix pick up first win of the season, Stars stay unbeaten with victory over Steel

Mainland Tactix have secured their first win of the ANZ Premiership season, after beating spirited Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 63-59 in Christchurch.

A fine shooting display from Tactix shooter Ellie Bird, who converted an incredible 54 from 55 shots, gave them the edge in a seesaw battle.

The Tactix led 19-15 after the first quarter, but when the Magic brought young shooter Khiarna Williams on at goal attack, she helped lift the visitors' performance.

Georgia Tong also made a good impact, when she replaced Temalisi Fakahokotau early at goal keep.

The game was tied 33-all at halftime and for large parts, scoring went goal for goal, with just one goal in it at three-quarter time.

Silver Ferns defenders Jane Watson and Karin Burger began pulling off some fine turnovers in clutch moments.

With six minutes to go, star shooter Te Paea Selby-Rickit had to come off with cramping, with the Tactix ahead by two goals.

But Bird held her nerve and the Tactix, regarded by many as the favourites for this year's title, secured a much-needed first win.

Tactix centre Kimiora Poi was busy all night and picked up the MVP award.

Earlier, Auckland-based Northern Stars remained unbeaten after four rounds, beating Southern Steel 59-45 at home. The Stars won every quarter and led 32-23 at halftime.

Steel shooter George Fisher shot 34 from 37 at 92 percent, but the Stars had far superior shooting volume for their highest score of the season.

Stars defender Elle Temu picked up the MVP, finishing with five deflections and three intercepts.