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Magic stun Sting for NBC crown

By By Alan Granville

Published: 9:12PM Friday June 10, 2005 Source: One Sport

The NBC trophy is heading to the North Island for the first time ever after the Magic wiped the floor with six-time defending champions the Sting 65-39 in Invercargill.

A tight final was expected between the two sides but the Magic hassled and harried the Southland team into making errors and with Irene van Dyk in irrepressible form, the Waikato/Bay of Plenty side romped to victory.

Over 4,000 fans packed the Southland Stadium but it was the small contingent of 150 Magic fans who had the most to cheer about in the most one-sided final in NBC history, which was also the Sting's heaviest defeat ever.

It was also the first time ever the Sting have not scored over 40 goals in a game.

Anna Senio opened the scoring after some great defensive play caused the Sting to turnover the ball straight from the whistle.

The home side seemed rattled early on and more errors from Lesley Rumball in the centre saw the Magic open up a 4-1 advantage after four minutes.

The Magic showed more confidence than the defending NBC champions and the Waikato/Bay of Plenty franchise raced into a 9-2 lead.

Anna Galvan in particular was having a torrid time with van Dyk.

The visitors opened up a seven-goal lead with two minutes left of the opening quarter, as they harried the Southland franchise into making mistakes.

The Sting finished the first quarter 17-9 up to some what mute the Invercargill support.

The second quarter started furiously and both teams committed a series of turnovers but the Waitako team maintained their form to stretch their lead to 12 halfway through the quarter.

Casey Williams in particular was in outstanding form, helping to keep the experienced duo of Donna Loffhagen and Tania Dalton at bay.

The Magic onslaught continued and a seven-goal stretch towards the end of the second quarter saw them move to a healthy 33-16 lead at halftime.

No matter how hard the Southland franchise tried to close the gap, the brilliant Magic defence stopped the ball getting into the circle.

Midway through the third quarter and the difference was 20 goals with the Magic leading 41-21.

The Sting started to steady the ship slightly but at the end of the quarter there were in an impossible position 46-28 down.

Sting coach Robyn Broughton sacrificed the ineffective Galvan for Katie Fay at the start of the final quarter but it did not stop the one-way traffic and a tiring Sting saw the Magic increase their lead further.

In the end the young Waitako/Bay of Plenty players were too strong and effective and the NBC crown moves north of Dunedin for the first time ever.