To make the play-offs, a win was only viable option for the Thunderbirds and while Tactix were well out of contention, they were keen to farewell two stalwarts in Maree Bowden and Anna Galvan in style. Heading for retirement it was the final outing for the two former Silver Ferns.
The Northern Mystics will play the Melbourne Vixens in the Major Semi-final after delivering a tense 50-49 win over the NSW Swifts in Auckland today.
With top spot out of reach, the Mystics needed the win in the last round of the regular season to secure second place, and with it an extra life in the play-offs. For the Swifts, it was the last throw of the dice, the visitors needing a win to have any chance of progressing.