Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Round 11 Match Report | Mystics v Tactix

The Northern Mystics produced a dominant second half to end The Good Oil Tactix slim hopes of making the Finals Series after posting a commanding 69-57 win in Auckland tonight.

There was little to separate the two teams occupying the bottom two spots on the points table during an even first half but the Mystics showed their late season improvement with a compelling second half to register their third win of the season.

With youngsters Grace Nweke and Tayla Earle getting their first full games of the season, the Mystics showcased their future potential as the teenaged pair played key roles for the home side.

Competing gamely through the first half, the Tactix struggled to contain Nweke the longer the game progressed and could not score at the same rate or pace although Ellie Bird continued her strong form with an individual haul of 48 goals which included just two misses.

Long-limbed 17-year-old Avondale College shooter Nweke got her second start of the campaign, revelling in the occasion with 56 goals to her name, while Mystics captain Phoenix Karaka continued her integration back into active play after spending time on the side-lines with concussion.

Happy to retain their settled line-up of recent weeks, the Tactix made the most impressive of starts. Lofty shooter Bird continued her ever-growing status under the hoop, ably supported by Kate Beveridge, as the visitors pushed out to an early seven-goal advantage.

Long bombs into the respective shooters was a key ploy for both sides, the Tactix proving more proficient in the opening exchanges before a storming finish to the stanza by the home side had the scores all tied up at 16-all after an entertaining and high-scoring start.

Confident on the long shot, Beveridge continued to provide valuable support to Bird as the teams’ level-pegged on the resumption. However, pinpoint feeding into Nweke from Elisapeta Toeava and Earle helped the Mystics jump into the lead.

Tight and tense, the lead changed hands twice more with next to nothing separating the teams. The Mystics broke the stalemate on the stroke of halftime when taking a slim 31-30 lead into the main break.

The attacking nature of the game paid dividends for the Mystics through a momentum-changing third stanza. With their confidence growing, the home side unleashed a constant and consistent brand of free-flowing action, long passes from Bailey Mes, Toeava and Grace Kukutai landing in Nweke’s hands with ease.

With few opportunities on defence, strong hustling from the Mystics trio of Michaela Sokolich-Beatson, Karaka and Erena Mikaere created turnover opportunities.

The flow of ball into Nweke proved almost unstoppable as the home side pushed into a position of control. The Tactix followed suit late in the quarter with some fine feeds into Bird but by then the damage had been done as the Mystics took a healthy 51-43 lead into the last break.

Official Result and Stats:
Northern Mystics: 69
The Good Oil Tactix: 57

Champion Data Match Centre

Shooting Stats - Mystics:
Grace Nweke 56/69 (81%)
Bailey Mes 13/17 (77%)

Shooting Stats - Tactix:
Ellie Bird 48/50 (96%)
Kate Beveridge 9/12 (75%)
Brooke Leaver 0/1 (0%)

MVP: Erena Mikaere (Mystics)

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Facebook Announces New Changes: Combating Hate And Extremism

Some of these changes predate the tragic terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, but that attack, and the global response to it in the form of the Christchurch Call to Action, has strongly influenced the recent updates to our policies and their enforcement. More>>

Amazon Confirms: Lord Of The Rings Series To Shoot In NZ

Amazon Studios announced today that its series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy novels The Lord of the Rings will shoot in New Zealand. Pre-production has started, and production on the series will begin in Auckland in the coming months. More>>


Birds: Dunedin's Bells Ring As City Celebrates Its Albatross

The city's churches, schools and public buildings bells would chime in unison from 1pm, in what has been a long-standing tradition marking the return of the birds - and a farewell to this season's albatross chicks. More>>

Oscar Buzz: Waititi's Jojo Rabbit Wins People's Choice Award At Toronto

Taika Waititi's new film Jojo Rabbit has nabbed the coveted Grolsch People's Choice Award at the close of Toronto International Film Festival. More>>


Broken Estate: An Expat Expert Surveys Our Media

Melanie Bunce cut her teeth in journalism at the Otago Daily Times. Now she teaches and researches it at one of the UK’s most prestigious journalism schools and tracks the trends that shape the uncertain future of news... More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland