The Steel has a daunting challenge tonight.
The Northern Mystics have extended their unbeaten run in the national netball premiership with a hard-earned 46-42 win over the Southern Steel in Auckland.
Steel co-captain Gina Crampton is keen to avoid another third-quarter meltdown like the one against the Tactix last week.
The Mainland Tactix have overcome the challenges their region has been dealt post-Covid to produce a 43-36 win over the Southern Steel.
In a normal season, New Zealand's elite domestic netball league should be close to crowning a champion by now - instead the revised ANZ Premiership is just getting started.
Steel defender Taneisha Fifita levelled up from training partner to fulltime contracted player this season but all she has done is mostly train.
As competition finally gets underway this weekend, there's perhaps no other netballer in the country who's endured the kind of excruciating wait that former Silver Fern Temalisi Fakahokotau has.
Fans will be back at the ANZ Premiership but teams will get back to their base only for the final three rounds.
Steel shooter Jennifer O’Connell has had almost three months to review her most recent performance in the ANZ Premiership.
Netball South chief executive Lana Winders would love to see the Steel play some of its games at home and in front of boisterous crowds.
The world champion Silver Ferns may play against men again this year to help fill a void in their international netball schedule.
Australia captain Caitlin Bassett says any sort of hub format will be difficult to pull off when Super Netball makes its return from August 1.