The unbeaten Robinhood Stars are hoping to make it four wins in a row when they host the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel on Sunday.
The Stars were given their first real fright against the Magic last week but still achieved a club first in stretching their winning run to three straight games. Captain Maia Wilson was pleased to get the win but said there was still some “rough patches” when they needed to consolidate on their advantage.
The game will be a special one for Stars shooter Jamie Hume who will make her 50th ANZ Premiership appearance, having debuted for the Steel in 2017. Hume will play her 17th match in the Stars' purple dress.
The Steel will be hoping to package up the form they produce at home and take it with them on a tough road trip to Auckland to play the table-topping Stars.
The Steel again impressed in front of their home crowd and showed they could hold their nerve when the screws were tightened as they toppled the defending champion Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse. Captain Shannon Saunders said it was good to get so much of the squad on court early in the season.
“Everyone’s stepping up, getting their opportunities and really putting their hand up and that’s creating a good headache for (coach) Reinga (Bloxham),” she said.
The match will be a significant one for Saunders who, for the first time in over a decade, will oppose good mate Gina Crampton. The two midcourters have together worn the Steel strip since 2013 before Crampton, who celebrated her 100th national league game last month, made the move to the Stars this season.
ANZ Premiership Round 4: Robinhood Stars vs Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel - Sunday 9th May 4:15pm, Pulman Arena, Auckland