ANZ Premiership final moved back a day

If the Southern Steel makes the ANZ Premiership final, it will get an extra day of recovery.

The competition's decider has been moved to 4pm on Monday, June 3, and will be played in Porirua.

That comes as a result of the host Central Pulse's three home venues - in Wellington, Porirua and Palmerston North - being booked out the day before.

The Pulse was confirmed as host on Monday night, its 68-42 win over the Northern Stars clinching the table's top spot.

As a result, the turnaround from the elimination final will be a little less tight.

In that match, the Steel will play the Stars in Invercargill on Wednesday, May 29.

The winner advances to play the Pulse.

Netball New Zealand head of events Kate Agnew said the national body had been working with the Pulse on a solution.

''The Pulse have known for some time that venues within their zone would be a problem on the originally scheduled grand final date of June 2.

''We have been working closely with the Pulse and other teams to ensure the best outcome for the league.

''Ultimately, we made the decision to shift the grand final by one day to allow this season's minor premiers to have home court advantage.

''Sky Sport have further supported the change by giving netball fans around the country the opportunity to watch the grand final through Sky's free-to-air channel, Prime, which is an incredible way to end the season on a high.''

For Steel coach Reinga Bloxham, a change of date created ''a little'' disruption from a planning perspective.

However, it was important to look at the positives it brought.

Notably, it gave the winning team an extra day to recover from its elimination final.

Alongside that, playing in another final - should it get that far - was plenty of motivation and she would be happy to be there.

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