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2019 ANZ Premiership - Round 5 Preview


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The Good Oil Tactix v Northern Mystics
When: 4:10pm, Sunday 24 March
Where: Trafalgar Centre, Nelson
Broadcast: SKY Sport (NZ), FanPass (SKY), (outside NZ)

Match Notes

• When the teams last met in Round 9 last season the Tactix defeated the Mystics 50-40 in Nelson.

• The Mystics and Tactix have both won three of the six previous meetings in the ANZ Premiership.

• The Mystics have lost all four matches they have played this season to sit at the bottom of the ladder after four rounds.

• The Mystics 34-goals against the Magic in their Round 4 match is their lowest ANZ Premiership score. The Mystics previous lowest score was 38-goals against the Pulse in Round 5 last season.

• The Mystics are on their longest ANZ Premiership losing run having lost their opening four matches of the 2019 season.

• The Tactix have won just two quarters across their first five matches this season. They won two and drew two quarters in their Round 1 win over the Magic and have since lost all 16 quarters.

• The Tactix have the best shooting accuracy in the ANZ Premiership shooting their 232 goals at 87.2% accuracy.

• The Mystics have the worst shooting accuracy at 72%, they have the lowest average goals scored at 42.5 goals per match while they also have the second worst defensive record conceding 56.5 goals per match.

• The Tactix have the worst defensive record conceding 59 goals per match after four rounds.


Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse v Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel
When: 7:40pm, Monday 25 March
Where: TSB Bank Arena, Wellington
Broadcast: SKY Sport (NZ), FanPass (SKY), (outside NZ)

Match Notes

• The teams last met in the 2018 Grand Final in Palmerston North when the Steel claimed an epic come from behind 54-53 victory.

• The Steel and Pulse have met eight times in the ANZ Premiership with the Steel winning six matches and the Pulse two.

• The Steel has won its past four matches by margins of 20 (Tactix), 19 (Mystics), 20 (Magic) and 18 (Tactix).

• The Pulse are the only undefeated team in the ANZ Premiership after four rounds but having played one less match than the Steel sit in second place on the ladder.

• Pulse centre Claire Kersten will play her 50th combined National League match against the Steel in Round 5. Kersten played 12 ANZ Championship matches in 2014 and 2016, while she has played 37 matches in the ANZ Premiership as well, all for the Pulse.

• The Pulse has the best defensive record in the ANZ Premiership conceding just 41.5 goals per match.

• The Steel has the best attacking record in competition scoring an average of 68 goals per match.

• The Pulse has the second-best team shooting accuracy (behind the Tactix), converting at 84.8%.


Splice Construction Magic v Northern Stars
When: 7:40pm, Wednesday 27 March
Where: Trustpower Arena, Tauranga
Broadcast: SKY Sport (NZ), FanPass (SKY), (outside NZ)

Match Notes

• When the teams last met in Round 1 the Magic defeated the Stars 57-51 in Hamilton.

• The Magic’s Round 4 match against the Mystics with a combined total of 76 goals is the lowest scoring match in the history of the ANZ Premiership. The Magic has been involved in the three lowest scoring matches in ANZ Premiership history.

• The Stars first quarter is their best quarter in 2019, winning four and losing one while their fourth quarter is their worst having won just one first quarter (v Tactix R2) and losing four.

• Sydney Fraser made her return to the ANZ Premiership for the Magic for the first time since 2017. Fraser missed the entire 2018 season through injury and played just two matches in 2017 in Rounds 10 & 11.

• The Stars have the second-best attacking record in the ANZ Premiership averaging 57.4 goals per match just short of the Steel who are averaging 68 goals per match.

• The Magic has the second-best defensive record (behind the Pulse) in the competition conceding 49.8 goals per match.


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