Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse will play Mainland Tactix tonight in the Super Club Grand Final after dominating the Southern Steel 64-55 yesterday.
As the Pulse glided through the final quarter, keeping the Steel ten points behind, their devastating last minute Premiership loss just two weeks ago seemed a distant memory.
Despite a third quarter comeback, the Steel never saw the lead after the first ten minutes. Shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio kept the Pulse ahead with her ability to shoot from the two-point zone.
Their defensive intensity kept the Steel at arms reach throughout the game, with Player of the Match Karin Burger reducing the Steels shooting options.
Both sides were missing their usual skippers, as the Steel’s Wendy Frew retired on a high note last month and Katrina Grant is in preparation for the upcoming Silver Ferns season.
Pulse defender Claire Kersten has taken over captaining duties for this season, “Patience and control made a big difference for us tonight,’’ she said.
Referring to the heartbreaking match against their Southern Rivals, she said, “You have to move on and this doesn’t really make up for that result but it is nice to be in another final.’’
The Pulse have not come through the Super Club completion unscathed after once again losing by one goal, 50-49, to Australian side New South Wales Institute of Sport.
Yet they secured enough points to place them second in the rankings of the tournament, which is made up of the ANZ Premiership’s top three sides and some international squads.
The Pulse will face Tactix tonight at 8:30pm in the Grand Final in Nelson.