Tutaia nails key goal in netball draw

WELLINGTON – Two long-range goals to Maria Tutaia in the dying seconds have helped the Northern Mystics clinch a remarkable 45-45 draw with Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in the clash of the two leading New Zealand teams in the trans-Tasman netball league.

The Mystics overcame a nine-goal deficit early in the final quarter, slowly clawing back from 41-32 down to give themselves a chance against the home side in Rotorua.

With 10 seconds remaining, the Mystics swung their centre pass straight down court and Tutaia had enough time to drill her second successive goal from the top of the circle to stun the crowd.

It keeps the Mystics top of the New Zealand standings with three wins, two draws and a loss.

The Magic remain second but are vulnerable to being passed by teams below them who have played fewer games.

The result ends the Magic’s six-game winning streak against the Mystics and dents their fine record in Rotorua.

The Mystics’ comeback was unexpected after they lost Silver Ferns shooter Cathrine Latu to a rolled ankle late in the third quarter.

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