After an upset fourth-round trans-Tasman netball league loss to Canterbury Tactix, the Pulse are hunting a payback win in Nelson.
Central Pulse will have payback on their minds when they meet Canterbury Tactix in Sunday’s trans-Tasman netball league match at Saxton Stadium in Nelson.
The Tactix’s only win of the season came seven weeks ago when they inflicted a shock 55-53 loss on the Pulse in Napier.
The Pulse have recovered with home and away wins over the high-flying Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, and currently sit fifth on the ANZ Championship ladder with four games remaining until playoffs.
Captain Katrina Grant can’t wait to get back on the court and put the memories of the round four defeat to the Tactix well and truly behind her.
“Revenge is on the cards this week,” she said.
“We’d like a big win, but you can never underestimate the Tactix. People do, but they need more credit than they’ve been given.
“They’re a good side and you never know what is going to happen in this year’s ANZ Championship. It’s a little bit crazy. Every team every week brings something different.”
Grant said beating the Magic last Monday had given the Pulse a real confidence boost.
“We played well as a team last week, which means everyone just feels good about themselves and they can go onto the next game confident and with a winning feeling.”
If the Pulse are successful against the Tactix and the Mystics the following week, their play-off chances will rest on back-to-back away games against the Queensland Firebirds and West Coast Fever.
Having never tasted victory on the other side of the Tasman, Grant is not underestimating the size of the task ahead.
“The Pulse don’t seem to really like to going to Aussie, but that’s cool. It’s a new year and we’ve got two chances to go there and win.
“If we get two wins from that, then we’ll get our spot in the top four, but we have to get these New Zealand teams out of the way first.”