Ben Carbonaro previews the ANZ Championship semi-finals.
Sunday 14th June 2015
Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic v NSW Swifts
Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic have a chance to represent New Zealand in next week’s ANZ Championship Grand Final with a home semi final against the NSW Swifts looking to rebound after a 55-44 Australian Conference Final loss to the NSW Swifts. One of the shining lights for the Magic this season has been English international shooter Jo Harten, who is just 16 goals shy of 500 for season 2015 at 87 per cent accuracy. For the Swifts, how defender Sharni Layton performs will definitely have a bearing on just whether or not her team wins but also her selection in the Australian team for the upcoming Netball World Cup. Magic are New Zealand’s best performed team across competition history, having made the finals every year since the competition commenced back in 2008 and tasted premiership success in 2012 with a 41-38 win over Melbourne Vixens. Despite this, I’m tipping the Swifts to just get over the line to make it another all Australian Grand Final. Swifts by 4