Mystics into fiery finals

Irene van Dyk during the preliminary final.
Irene van Dyk during the preliminary final. Hannah Johnston

THE Northern Mystics sealed their first ANZ Championships grand final appearance with a pulsating 43-42 win over Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in the Preliminary Final in Hamilton on Sunday.

Contesting their first finals series, a big second quarter from the Mystics provided the impetus for the win.

It was the only quarter the Mystics won as Magic kept coming back at them but superior shooting percentages, with Maria Tutaia having an outstanding game, proved the difference in the end.

In the history of the competition, Mystics are the only team to have finished fourth in the regular season and advanced to the grand final where they will meet the unbeaten Queensland Firebirds, in Brisbane, next Sunday.

Mystics defenders Kayla Cullen and Anna Scarlett proved a real thorn for Magic's shooters while Casey Williams and Jodi Tod had their moments at the other end. Tutaia continued to be the main point of difference.

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