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Netball - 08. April 2011.

ANZ Championship match raises over $20,000 for Canterbury Netball

ANZ Championship match raises over $20,000 for Canterbury Netball

The people of Auckland turned out in force in support of netball last
night, with a crowd of 5,000 flocking to Vector Arena to watch the ANZ
Championship Round 9 clash between the Mercury Energy Tactix and LG

While the crowd were treated to free entry courtesy of Vector Arena,
they dug deep in support of the re-development of netball in
Christchurch, donating a total of $20, 309.80 towards the Tactix and
Canterbury Netball.

There was a terrific atmosphere at the venue, with a large contingent of
Canterbury fans proudly wearing their red and black.  Both teams were
given a heroes welcome when they took the court.

The match opened fairly evenly, with the Mystics leading by just three
goals at the first quarter break.  However, star shooter Cathrine Latu
took the court in the second quarter, potting a perfect nine from nine,
and extending her side's lead to seven goals.

In spite of a spirited final quarter comeback, the Mystics held on to
win 58 to 45, securing two Championship points and elevating themselves
to third position on the ladder.

While the match didn't deliver the fairytale result the Tactix would
have liked, the night was as much about community support as the

ANZ Championship General Manager Anthony Everard said this morning, "We
are absolutely delighted with last night's result.  5,000 is a record
crowd for an ANZ Championship match on the north island, and it just
meant so much to the Tactix to be received with such warmth and

"On behalf of the league, I would like to thank the people of Auckland
for their support.  And I would especially like to acknowledge and thank
Vector Arena, Netball New Zealand and LG Mystics, as this really was a
team effort and wouldn't have happened without their hard work and

The two teams were originally scheduled to meet in Round 3, however the
match was postponed following the 22 February Christchurch earthquake.
With Vector Arena agreeing to waive the venue hire fee, and with the
support of the LG Mystics and Netball New Zealand, league organisers
TTNL were able to run the event as a fundraiser.

Round 9 of the ANZ Championship continues this weekend.  Please visit
anz-championship.com   for further
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