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Netball - 29. June 2012.

Round 14 Preview ANZ Netball Championships

ROUND FOURTEEN BROADCAST DETAILS

Southern Steel v Melbourne Vixens
Saturday 30 June, 4.20pm - Stadium Southland's ILT Velodrome, Invercargill

AUSTRALIA(SYD/MEL TIME): 1 ONE Saturday 30 June 2012 0:30pm-12:25am
NEW ZEALAND: Sky Sport 1 from 4pm

Adelaide Thunderbirds v Canterbury Tactix
Sun 1 July, 1.40pm - Netball SA Stadium, Adelaide

AUSTRALIA(SYD/MEL TIME): TEN 12:00pm-2:00pm Sunday 1 July 2012
NEW ZEALAND: Sky Sport 1 from 2pm

West Coast Fever v Central Pulse
Sunday 1 July, 12.20pm - Challenge Stadium, Perth

AUSTRALIA(SYD/MEL TIME): TEN 2:00pm-4:00pm Sunday 24 June 2012
NEW ZEALAND: Sky Sport 1 from 4pm

Northern Mystics v NSW Swifts
Sunday 1 July, 7.20pm - The Trusts Stadium Arena, Auckland

AUSTRALIA(SYD/MEL TIME): ONE Sunday 01 July 2012 10:35pm-12:30am
NEW ZEALAND: Sky Sport 1 from 7pm

Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic v Queensland Firebirds
Monday 2 July, 7.40pm - Claudelands Arena, Hamilton

AUSTRALIA(SYD/MEL TIME): ONE Tuesday 03 July 2012 2:05pm-2:00pm
NEW ZEALAND: Sky Sport 1 from 7.30pm

ROUND FOURTEEN TALKING POINTS:

The Facts:

    The Mystics shot the most goals in Round 13 with their 64 goals against the Tactix in Christchurch.
    The Pulse recorded the lowest score of Round 13 when they were held to 41-goals by the Vixens in Porirua.
    The Magic is on an eight-match win run and will be looking for their 9th victory when they meet the Firebirds in Hamilton in Round 14. The Magic equalled their longest winning run in the ANZ Championship when the defeated the Thunderbirds in Round 13.
    The Magic held top position on the ladder after their win over the Thunderbirds in Tauranga on Saturday. The Magic were bottom of the ladder after rounds 3 & 4.
    The Mystics held top position on the ladder when the defeated the Tactix in Christchurch on Sunday but then the Vixens ended the round on top after their 8-goal win over the Pulse on Monday night.
    The Vixens and Mystics despite being 2 points ahead of the next three sides can still miss the final should they lose their round 14 matches.
    The Mystics, Thunderbirds and Vixens are the only sides to have been inside the Top 4 after each round of the twenty-twelve season.
    The Mystics recorded their highest ever ANZ Championship score in their 64-55 win over the Tactix in Round 13. The Mystics previous highest score was 62 goals, which they have scored on 3 occasions.
    Forty-eight percent of the ANZ Championship matches this season have been decided by 5 goals or less, that is 29 matches. This equals most matches decided by 5 goals or less in a single ANZ Championship season. 29 matches were decided by 5-goals or less last year.
    Seventy-two percent of ANZ Championship matches this season have been decided by 10 goals or less, that is 43 matches. The first season (2008) of the ANZ Championship still holds the record for the highest percentage of games decided by 10 goals or less which was (45 games) 65 percent of all matches.
    The Steel in on their longest losing run in ANZ Championship history. Prior to losing 9 consecutive matches in 2012 their longest losing run was 4 matches.


GAME BY GAME

Southern Steel v Melbourne Vixens
Saturday 30 June, 4.20pm - Stadium Southland's ILT Velodrome, Invercargill

The Numbers:
 
      Head-to-Head     Most Goals     Least Goals
Played     4     93 (Rd 10 ’08)     75 (Rd 8 ’11)
Steel     2     52 goals Rd 11 ‘10     31 goals Rd 4 ‘09
Vixens     2     48 goals Rd 4 ‘09     42 goals Rd 8 ‘11
Previous
Meetings     2011 – Round 8 – Vixens 42 d Steel 33 (Melbourne)
2010 – Round 11 – Steel 52 d Vixens 39 (Dunedin)
2009 – Round 4 – Vixens 48 d Steel 31 (Melbourne)
2008 – Round 10 – Steel 47 d Vixens 46 (Invercargill)
 
 
The Facts:
 

    When the teams last met in Round 8 last season the Vixens defeated the Steel 42-33 in Melbourne.
    The Steel and Vixens have met 4 times with the ledger being split at 2 wins each.
    All 4 previous meetings have been decided based on home court advantage.
    This is the Vixens second match in New Zealand in consecutive weeks. The Vixens played the Pulse in Porirua in Round 13. The Vixens remained in New Zealand between their Round 13 match in Wellington and their match in Invercargill on Saturday.
    The Vixens won their opening 6 matches of the season and sat at the top of the ANZ Championship ladder between rounds 3 and 6 and then after Round 10.
    The Steel has played 13 matches on Australia soil in the ANZ Championship and has yet to record a victory. The Steel’s closest loss in Australia was a 2-goal loss to the Firebirds in Brisbane in Round 12, 2009.
    When the sides last met in Round 8 last season it was the equal third lowest match total in the ANZ Championship. The 42-33 win by the Vixens equalled a match total of 75 goals.
    The Vixens sit in 1st position on the ladder after thirteen rounds and previously held down top spot after five other rounds, 3-6 & 10.
    The Steel in on their longest losing run in ANZ Championship history. Prior to losing 9 consecutive matches in 2012 their longest losing run was 4 matches.
    The Steel’s last victory was against the Tactix in Round 3 in Christchurch.
    The Vixens, Thunderbirds and Mystics are the only sides to have been inside the Top 4 after each round of the twenty-twelve season.

 

Adelaide Thunderbirds v Canterbury Tactix
Sun 1 July, 1.40pm - Netball SA Stadium, Adelaide

The Numbers:
 
      Head-to-Head     Most Goals     Least Goals
Played     4     115 (Rd 8 ’11)     92 (Rd 11 ’10)
Tactix     0     56 goals Rd 8 ‘11     34 goals Rd 11 ‘10
Thunderbirds     4     61 goals Rd 10 ‘08     53 goals Rd 4 ‘09
Previous
Meetings     2011 – Round 8 – Thunderbirds 59 d Tactix 56 (Christchurch)
2010 – Round 11 – Thunderbirds 58 d Tactix 34 (Adelaide)
2009 – Round 4 – Thunderbirds 53 d Tactix 48 (Christchurch) - ET
2008 – Round 10 – Thunderbirds 61 d Tactix 41 (Adelaide)
 
The Facts:
 

    When the teams last met in Round 8 last season the Thunderbirds defeated the Tactix 59-56 in Christchurch.
    The Tactix are yet to defeat the Thunderbirds in four previous ANZ Championship meetings.
    The Tactix are the only ANZ Championship side that has never defeated the Thunderbirds.
    The Thunderbirds and Tactix have played out one extra time result in the ANZ Championship. In Round 4, 2009 in Christchurch scores were level at 42-all after four quarters.
    The Thunderbirds missed the ANZ Championship finals for the first time last season. The Thunderbirds finished in 6th place in after winning the championship in 2010:
        2008 – finished 3rd
        2009 – finished 2nd
        2010 – finished 1st
        2011 – finished 6th
    If the Thunderbirds defeat the Tactix in Round 14 they should qualify for their fourth ANZ Championship finals series.
    The Thunderbirds suffered their biggest loss of the season then they were defeated by 17-goals (42-59) by the Magic.
    The Tactix have played 11 matches on Aussie soil and are yet to record a victory.
    The Thunderbirds, Mystics and Vixens are the only sides to have been inside the Top 4 after each round of the twenty-twelve season.

West Coast Fever v Central Pulse
Sunday 1 July, 12.20pm - Challenge Stadium, Perth

The Numbers:
 
      Head-to-Head     Most Goals     Least Goals
Played     4     124 (Rd 8 ’11)     108 (Rd 11 ’10)
Pulse     1     63 goals Rd 8 ‘11     45 goals Rd 11 ‘10
Fever     2     63 goals Rd 11 ‘10     60 goals Rd 4 ‘09
DRAWN     1     -     -
Previous
Meetings     2011 – Round 8 – Pulse 63 d Fever 61 (Porirua) - ET
2010 – Round 11 – Fever 63 d Pulse 45 (Perth)
2009 – Round 4 – Fever 60 d Pulse 54 (Palmerston North)
2008 – Round 10 – Fever 33 drew with Pulse 16 (Perth) match abandoned due to leaky roof
 
 
The Facts:
 

    When the teams last met in Round 8 last season the Pulse defeated the Fever 63-61 in Porirua.
    The Fever leads head to head with 2 wins and 1 loss against the Pulse.
    When the sides last met in in Round 8 last season the match was decided after extra time. Scores were level at 48-all at the end of the fourth quarter but the Pulse eventually won the match 63-61 to record their first ever victory over the Fever.
    The Fever and Pulse played out the only ANZ Championship match has ever been drawn. The first time the sides met the match was abandoned because the roof at Challenge Stadium in Perth leaked.
    This is the only match of Round 14 that has no bearing on the ANZ Championship finals.
    Regardless of the result of this match the Pulse will end the 2012 with the best return of any ANZ Championship season. The Pulse has won 5 matches so far in 2012 which doubles their total wins in the competition.
    The Fever has won just two matches in 2012 which equals their lowest ever return in an ANZ Championship season.

Northern Mystics v NSW Swifts
Sunday 1 July, 7.20pm - The Trusts Stadium Arena, Auckland

The Numbers:
 
      Head-to-Head     Most Goals     Least Goals
Played     5     125 (Rd 10 ’08)     93 (MiSF ’11)
Swifts     4     63 goals Rd 10, 08     44 goals Rd MiSF ‘11
Mystics     1     62 goals Rd 10, 08     46 goals Rd 10 ’11
Previous
Meetings     2011 – Minor Semi Final – Mystics 49 d Swifts 44 (Sydney)
2011 – Round 10 – Swifts 53 d Mystics 46 (Sydney)
2010 – Round 11 – Swifts 56 d Mystics 48 (Auckland)
2009 – Round 4 – Swifts 59 d Mystics 55 (Sydney)
2008 – Round10 – Swifts 63 d Mystics 62 (Auckland) – ET
 
The Facts:
 

    When the teams last met last season’s minor semi final in Sydney the Mystics defeated the Swifts 49-44.
    The Swifts lead head to head with 4 wins and 1 loss.
    The Mystics first win over the Swifts came in the minor semi final last season. The Mystics lost their first four meetings against the Swifts.
    When the sides met for the very first time in Round 10, 2008 the match was decided after extra time. Scores were level at 50-all after four quarters but the Swifts were ahead by 1-goal at the final whistle.
    The Swifts biggest win at home this season was 5 goals:
        Round 3 def Magic by 2 goals
        Round 4 def Firebirds by 5 goals
        Round 6 def Pulse by 3 goals
        Round 7 def Vixens by 3 goals
        Round 8 def Fever by 5 goals
    The Mystics, Thunderbirds and Vixens are the only sides to have been inside the Top 4 after each round of the twenty-twelve season.
    The Mystics recorded their highest ever ANZ Championship score in their 64-55 win over the Tactix in Round 13. The Mystics previous highest score was 62 goals, which they have scored on 3 occasions.

Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic v Queensland Firebirds
Monday 2 July, 7.40pm - Claudelands Arena, Hamilton

The Numbers:
 
      Head-to-Head     Most Goals     Least Goals
Played     5     109 (Rd 11 ’10)     89 (Rd MaSF ’11)
Firebirds     4     55 goals Rd 10 ‘11     50 goals Rd 10 ’08 & MaSF ‘11
Magic     1     56 goals Rd 10 ’08     39 goals MaSF ‘11
Previous
Meetings     2011 – Major Semi Final – Firebirds 50 d Magic 39 (Gold Coast)
2011 – Rd 8 – Firebirds 53 d Magic 49 (Brisbane)
2010 – Rd 11 – Firebirds 55 d Magic 54 (Rotorua)
2009 – Rd 4 – Firebirds 53 Magic 42 (Brisbane)
2008 – Rd 10 – Magic 56 d Firebirds 50 (Rotorua)
 
The Facts:
 

    When the teams last met in last season’s major semi final on the Gold Coast the Firebirds defeated the Magic 50-39.
    The Firebirds lead head to head with 4 wins and 1 loss.
    The Magic won the very first meeting between the sides 56-50 in Round 10, 2008 but the Firebirds have won the past four meetings between the sides.
    This is the first meeting between the sides in Hamilton in the ANZ Championship. Both of the previous meetings in New Zealand have been played in Rotorua.
    The Firebirds have played 11 ANZ Championship matches in New Zealand winning 8 and losing 3. The Firebirds have the best record of any Australian side on Kiwi soil.
    The Firebirds have won their past 7 matches on Kiwi soil, their last loss was in Round 11, 2009 against the Tactix in Christchurch.
    Firebirds coach Roselee Jencke has a 100pc coaching record on New Zealand soil.
    The Magic is the only ANZ Championship side to have played in all four previous final series. The Magic has never finished lower than third in the ANZ Championship:
        2008 – 2nd
        2009 – 3rd
        2010 – 2nd
        2011 – 3rd


The Firebirds were the 2011 ANZ Championship premiers completing an undefeated season 15 match season. The Firebirds look set to become the fourth ANZ Championship winner to miss the finals the year following claiming the title. The Firebirds sit in 6th place on the ladder and need to beat the Magic and rely on other results to have any chance of playing semi finals Netball.
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