ANZ Netball Championships: Round 1 results
Last Updated: 03/03/14 4:27pm
Jo Harten: impressive shooting in round 1 of the ANZ Championships.
Last weekend saw the trans-Tasman ANZ Netball Championships 2014 season get underway...
Last year's champions Adelaide Thunderbirds narrowly escaped an embarrassing opening round loss to Central Pulse when they scraped a one goal win at the TE Rauparaha Arena in Wellington, New Zealand.
"Isn't that a wee bit heart breaking," Pulse captain Katrina Grant said at fulltime.
"With a minute 10 [seconds] to go I thought we had it. But you can never rest on your laurels against an Aussie side like that. They pegged it back and pegged it back and just kept on going and it's tough to take."
In Christchurch, Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic thrashed Mainland Tactix 70-46 with England shooter Jo Harten was extremely impressive in circle with 41/42 - a good sign ahead of this year's Commonwealth Games.
Another England international got the season off to a winning start; Melbourne Vixens defender Geva Mentor played a key role in preventing Northern Mystics' star-signing Laura Langman getting a grip on the game as the Aussie side came out 58-34 winners.
Up the coast to Sydney and the NSW Swifts overcame a seven-goal second-quarter deficit to score a 54-51 home victory over West Coast Fever.
And finally, last year's runners-up Queensland Firebirds went on to win every quarter, their captain Laura Geitz was delighted with her side's win.
She said: "We had a bit of a shaky start - obviously, a few new faces in the team, it took a little while to settle into the combinations, but very, very happy with that game."
ANZ Championship Round 1 results
Mainland Tactix 46-70 Waikato Bop Magic (CBS Canterbury Arena)
NSW Swifts 54-51 West Coast Fever (Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre)
Melbourne Vixens 58-34 Northern Mystics (Hisense Arena)
Southern Steel 44-60 Queensland Firebirds ( ILT Stadium Southland)
Central Pulse 44-45 Adelaide Thunderbirds (TE Rauparaha Arena)