Haier Pulse Play-off Chances in Monday’s Magic Rematch
Haier Pulse Play-off Chances on the Line in Monday’s Magic Rematch
1 May 2014
Following last month’s superb 56-53 victory over the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, Haier Pulse coach Robyn Broughton believes that Monday night’s rematch at Te Rauparaha Arena, the home of the Haier Pulse, is vital to the team’s play-off chances.
“We’re looking forward to meeting the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic again and hopefully repeating the result from last time we played them,” she explained.
“Everyone is available for selection and the girls have been working hard in training all week. We’re certainly looking forward to what will be an exciting game.”
Monday’s match will be the last game of the season at the Te Rauparaha Arena. The venue also acts as the team’s training base and Robyn and the players feel very much at home there.
“We love being at the TRA and the positive support we get is quite overwhelming and we all appreciate it, the players and myself. We are grateful for the incredible support we get from our fans, the children after school and the staff. We’re also thankful to the people making the effort to get there to cheer for us on game day.”
The Haier Pulse lies just outside the play-offs in fifth spot, but Robyn is cautious about claims on a top four position. “We have to win the next three games. Every game that’s played in this ANZ Championship is a challenge. The close scores are indicative of that and not one team can take anything lightly in this competition,” she added.
“It’s much harder this season, more physical with stronger players; it’s hard work out there and it’s a real challenge. The close games are a positive, but the deteriorating physicality of the game is not so positive.
“However, there’s not another competition in the world that’s as strong as this one,” she concluded.
The Haier Pulse takes on the WBOP Magic at the Te Rauparaha Arena on Monday 5 May. Centre pass is at 7.40pm. The fixture will be broadcast on Sky Sport 1 at 7.30pmand highlights are also shown on Maori TV on Tuesday evenings.
The game is preceded by a college curtain raiser between Wellington East and St Mary's in a quarterfinal of the college netball knockout competition.
The team will play their final home game in Round 12 against the Northern Mystics at Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North, on Sunday 18 May at 7.20pm. There are still tickets available so get in quick! Tickets can be purchased from Ticketdirect at www.ticketdirect.co.nz/event/details/89699/haier-pulse-v-northern-mystics.
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