Netball: Steel on target to match Swifts, Firebirds

The Southern Steel has already enjoyed its most successful year and it could become just the third team to finish the ANZ Championship regular season unbeaten.

Only the Swifts, in 2010, and the Firebirds, in 2011, have gone through the 13-match regular season undefeated.

The Vixens and Thunderbirds have come close, winning 12 games in 2009 and 2013 respectively.

The Steel has won 10 of its 11 matches so far this year, eclipsing its previous record for wins in a season of eight, which it achieved in 2009 and 2010.

It is on a nine-match winning streak after drawing with the Tactix in round two.

The most wins by a New Zealand side in round-robin play belongs to the Magic, which won 11 games in 2009.

The southern side can clinch top spot in the competition if it beats either the Vixens in Invercargill this week or the Swifts in Sydney the week after.

That would mean it would have home advantage all the way to a possible final.

Either way, history will be made next month when the franchise hosts its first playoff game.

It has qualified for the post-season on three occasions, but has played away every time.

It finished fourth in 2009 and 2010, losing minor semifinals to the Thunderbirds and Magic.

It made the playoffs under the conference system last year despite winning only three games, and lost the elimination final to the Magic in Hamilton.

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