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Spirited Tactix overcome Swifts

Published: 9:24PM Monday April 09, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

The Canterbury Tactix rode a late resurgence to vanquish the New South Wales Swifts 54-51 at the CBS Arena in Christchurch.

A poor second quarter saw the Tactix outscored 17 goals to 9, but the hosts fought back in the third and fourth quarters as their opposition waned in intensity.

Goal shoot Jo Harten shone for the Tactix, sinking 38 goals and providing six assists.

Her calmness under immense pressure from a spirited Swifts defence and her ability to link fluidly with mid-court players galvanised the hosts in the last quarter and ensured few possessions went unrewarded.

Tactix captain Marie Bowden was also influential in the win, earning five turnovers at wing defence and marshalling her side superbly in the third and fourth quarter as they made ground on the visitors.

The Swifts began poorly, conceding several penalties in the first few minutes and giving away possession to allow the opposition an early lead.

They struggled for momentum throughout the first quarter, going into the first break on the sharp end of a four-point deficit, but found fluency in the second to overwhelm the hosts.

The Tactix defence wilted momentarily in the face of the Swift's second-quarter surge, allowing Susan Pratley to wreak havoc from goal attack, winning balls back regularly, after the Tactix had fought hard to gain possession.

But a resurgence in the third and fourth quarter saw the hosts first gain parity at the end of the third, then push ahead in the final minutes.

The insertion of Kiley Hikawai to centre saw the Tactix move the ball more fluently through mid-court, while Bowden rallied the Tactix defence to ensure more possessions.

The Tactix' win follows a disheartening 55-35 loss to the West Coast Fever in Perth, in their season opener.