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Sports can and will go ahead under Covid-19 Alert Level 2. But there have been cancellations and there could be more. Netball New Zealand yesterday cancelled the final round of the ANZ Premiership regular season. The Steel was scheduled to host the Tactix at the Edgar Centre on Sunday evening. Netball New Zealand chief executive…

Coronavirus: Netball NZ cancels remainder of ANZ Premiership regular season

Hagen Hopkins/Getty ImagesThe Tactix beat the Pulse on Monday night and have already qualified for a rematch in the ANZ Premiership final.Outgoing Central Pulse coach Yvette McCausland-Durie says the right decision has been made to cancel the final ANZ Premiership round as they switch focus to defending their title on August 23. Netball New Zealand…

NSW Swifts claim 73-72 Super Netball win over West Coast Fever as Sunshine Coast Lightning topple Collingwood Magpies

A Helen Housby goal with five seconds left has handed reigning Super Netball champions NSW Swifts a thrilling 73-72 victory over West Coast Fever.Key points:Swifts goal attack Helen Housby showed cool nerves to land their final scoring shot of the gameThe Swifts are undefeated in their Super Netball title defenceSunshine Coast Lightning defeated Collingwood Magpies…

ANZ Premiership: Mainland Tactix near reserving final area after essential win over Mystics

Fiona Goodall/Getty ImagesTactix captain Jane Watson soars through court against the Mystics on Sunday.The Mainland Tactix have taken a giant-sized step towards a historic ANZ Premiership final berth. They made it five straight victories, holding off the Northern Mystics 43-42 in the crucial two versus three clash on the table at Auckland’s Trusts Arena on…

Melbourne Vixens post 78-50 Super Netball win over Queensland Firebirds as Adelaide Thunderbirds down Giants

The Melbourne Vixens have shone a light on the class gap in Super Netball with a 78-50 demolition of the Queensland Firebirds in Brisbane.Key points:The Vixens dominated the Firebirds after the quarter-time breakTegan Philip and Mwai Kumwenda landed 23 goals each for the VixensThe Adelaide Thunderbirds scored a 59-51 win over the Giants in Saturday's…

Central Pulse clinch place in Premiership final by thumping the Southern Steel

Phil Walter/Getty ImagesAliyah Dunn of the Central Pulse was again accurate with her shooting against the Southern Steel.The Central Pulse will be contesting the ANZ Premiership final this year, after a commanding 49-34 win over the Southern Steel on Saturday. Both teams were coming off upset results, with the Pulse losing 44-42 to the Mystics…

Netball: Northern Mystics suffer surprise defeat to Southern Steel in ANZ Premiership final

Steel 51Mystics 47 The race to determine who will meet the Central Pulse* in the ANZ Premiership grand final has taken another twist, with the third-placed Northern Mystics suffering a shock 51-47 loss to the Southern Steel. If the Mystics had won, they would have crept two points ahead of the Mainland Tactix on the…

Super Netball season start quickly shows new super shot a tactic teams cannot ignore

The jury is still out on whether netball's new super shot is a raging success, with fans, players and pundits still 50/50 on its introduction.But whether you love or hate it, it became clear on the weekend that teams have got two options this year: use it or lose it.And when you think about it,…