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Minor tweaks for Pulse ahead of Mystics match-up

Ameliaranne Ekenasio came off the bench to play a strong role for the Pulse against the Steel

June 1, 2018
It’s back to earth and back to business for the high-flying Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse heading into their ANZ Premiership netball clash against the Northern Mystics in Auckland on Sunday.
Following their most comprehensive outing this season on the back of a record-breaking 31-goal win over the Southern Steel on Wednesday, the approach from the Pulse is far from fancy.
With a quick turnaround between games, clear heads and a simple plan is the focus for the unbeaten Pulse, who have set the early pace with an unblemished five-from-five record.
``The key will be being able to leave the Steel game behind,’’ Pulse coach Yvette McCausland-Durie said.
Showcasing an almost complete repertoire of high skill, accuracy, timing and athleticism against the defending champions, it was an impressive outing but for the coach it wasn’t a complete match, a slim one-goal advantage in the third quarter being a moot point.
``There’s a couple of learnings from that game,’’ she said. ``We were trying some different things in the shooting circle, they weren’t effective all the time so there’s some room to build on that piece, and defensively, I’d really like us to have a bit more of a focus on the mobility side of things.
``We’ll take those two things into our short practise time ahead of the match and just be ready to turn around reasonably quickly. And just keep it simple…..they don’t need a lot, they just need some simple tweaks to make sure we’re ready.
``The players are also starting to understand that with good movement on attack and really active movement on defence we can create our own opportunities instead of waiting and reacting, so I’m really keen to explore that a little bit more.’’
The improving Mystics have edged into the top three for the first time this season and McCausland-Durie is expecting shooting kingpin Maria Folau to be back for the clash. The long-range specialist is not available for all games this season as she looks to prolong her career and commutes regularly from her home in Sydney.
With international defensive and shooting lines, the Mystics have plenty of firepower and the capability to run amok.
``The Mystics are really rangy and have the ability to pick a lot of ball off, and have a consistent shooting outfit,’’ McCausland-Durie said. ``We‘ve got to play the Mystics twice in a row, so we’re going to need to be creative to come up with two different subtle plans in going back-to-back against them.’’
The Pulse have the luxury of a strong bench, with all getting some court time against the Steel and remain key cogs the deeper the season goes.
``We’ve always got 10 who are ready to go. They keep working hard at trainings, they’re fit, they’re strong and they bring a point of difference so it’s nice to be able to inject that,’’ McCausland-Durie said.
``With a really good strong base we’ve got more to do, we’ve got more to give and more growth to come.’’          



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