Just over six weeks ago, Otago was home to two of the most important coaches in New Zealand sport — now neither of them are there.
Janine Southby was left with little option but to resign yesterday, admitting not enough progress had been made and she had to take responsibility.
The Steel will host a playoff game in the ANZ Premiership and could even play the final on its home court.
The floor surface of Wanaka's popular recreation centre looks set to remain as is, despite some believing it to be the cause of scores of injuries.
It might go against the grain to cheer for a team from Auckland - but Southern Steel fans will doing just that be tonight.
Dunedin and North Otago will both play off for the 9th-12th placings at the under-17 national championships.
The Dunedin Premier club competition rolled back into action after the university break on Saturday, with Phys Ed Blue beating University Albion A in the first game of the day 59-46.
Well that was a big statement. The Southern Steel emerged a 76-60 victor as it ran all over the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic in the second half in Hamilton.
Top spot in the ANZ Premiership may be out of reach for the Northern Stars this season, but being crowned the top Auckland franchise is certainly not.
Southern Steel captain Wendy Frew has announced her retirement after 16 years of domestic and international netball.
She was quick to deflect individual praise, but the significance of Monday's win was not lost on Southern Steel goal defence Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit.