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Netball - 14. April 2011.

Round 10 Preview of the ANZ Netball Championships

Round 10 is the third and final Super Round of the 2011 ANZ Championship season.

With just three regular rounds remaining, we are set for another thrilling race to the Finals Series - five teams look to be in serious contention for the top four spots, with the Mystics, Vixens, Swifts and WBOP Magic preparing for an epic battle for Championship points over the next three weeks. The Firebirds are certain of their first ever finals berth, although they will be without their captain Lauren Nourse after she sustained a season-ending injury in last Sunday's match against the Pulse.

The current ladder could well look very different by Friday morning, based on the outcome of tomorrow night's double-header - the Vixens and Magic both have the potential to leapfrog the Mystics into second spot, but that could all change again once the Swifts take the court on Saturday afternoon...prepare for another enthralling round of the world's best netball league!


Thursday 14 April
First Windows Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic v Mercury Energy Tactix
7.40pm, Energy Events Centre, Rotorua
 
Queensland Firebirds v Melbourne Vixens
7.40pm, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane
 
All times shown are local times

First Windows Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic v Mercury Energy Tactix
Head to head: WBOP Magic 7, Tactix 0

    When the teams last met in Round 4 this season, the Magic defeated the Tactix 63-56 in an emotion-charged extra time thriller in Rotorua.
    The Magic is coming off a disappointing 46-53 loss to the Swifts in Tauranga on Monday night; that result saw them drop out of the top four for the first time this season, but they have a great chance to reclaim their spot, playing two games in New Zealand this Super Round.
    The Tactix are coming off a 40-49 loss to the Steel in Dunedin last Saturday. This was the Tactix' second game in Round 9; they also lost to the Mystics 45-58 in Auckland on Thursday night.
    The closest margin between these sides is 2 goals (Magic 50 def Tactix 48, Rd 5, 2009).
    The Magic's average winning margin in matches against the Tactix is 11.3 goals.
    The Magic has played 11 matches at Rotorua Events Centre, winning 10 and losing just one match. That loss was to the Firebirds (54-55) in Round 11 last season.

Queensland Firebirds v Melbourne Vixens
Head to head: Vixens 4, Firebirds 3

    The undefeated Queensland Firebirds beat the Pulse 61-44 in Porirua last weekend.
    The Vixens have won their last two games on the trot in Melbourne, defeating the Steel 42-33 in Round 8, and just beating the Thunderbirds 55-53 in Round 9.
    The Firebirds have won a club-record ten consecutive games this season to lead the competition on a perfect 20 points, six points ahead of the second placed Mystics.
    The Vixens are currently in third place on the ANZ Championship ladder, only 0.09 per cent ahead of the Swifts, who sit fourth on equal points.
    The last time these two sides met was in Round 8 when the Firebirds defeated the Vixens 52-42 at the State Netball Hockey Centre.
    The last time the Vixens defeated the Firebirds was Round 2 last year, winning 53-46.
    The Firebirds have won the previous two fixtures between the two sides winning in Round 8 this season and Round 6, 2010 (62-41).
    Romelda Aiken celebrates her 50th ANZ Championship match on Thursday night.
    Both sides will be minus a captain tomorrow night, with Sharelle McMahon and Lauren Nourse each suffering season-ending injuries in the past two weeks. McMahon ruptured her Achilles in Round 8's match against the Firebirds, while Nourse sustained a tear to the ACL last week against the Pulse.
    This match will be the first of two away fixtures for the Vixens during the Round 10 Super Round. They travel to Perth to meet the Fever on Sunday afternoon.
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