Pulse to host final a day later

Captain Katrina Rore (centre) celebrates last night as the Central Pulse clinched a home final in...
Captain Katrina Rore (centre) celebrates last night as the Central Pulse clinched a home final in the ANZ Premiership. Photo: Getty Images
The ANZ Premiership final will be played a day later than originally scheduled.

The Central Pulse will host the winner of the elimination final, between the Southern Steel and Northern Stars, on Monday June 3 in Porirua.

Initially slated for June 2, the final was shifted due to prior bookings on that date at the Pulse's three home venues - in Wellington, Porirua and Palmerston North.

After securing a top of the table finish with a win last night, the Pulse was also confirmed as the host of the grand final.

The franchise worked with Netball New Zealand to reach the new arrangement.

While Wellington's TSB Arena was unavailable on June 3 also, the Porirua venue allows it to have the home court advantage it has earned with a dominant season.

"We’re really delighted that Netball New Zealand [NNZ] and Sky Sport have allowed Netball Central and the Pulse to have a home Grand Final," Netball Central Zone CEO Fran Scholey said.

"It’s fitting given the performance of the team and it’s our way to be able to reward our loyal supporters and sponsors and we look forward to seeing a sell-out yellow crowd in Porirua.

The Pulse secured the minor premiership for the second year running, having won 13 of its 14 games this season.

It has one game remaining.

That follows a similar effort last year, when in a similar situation it was forced to move the final to Palmerston North when its Wellington arena was booked out.

On that occasion it was beaten by the Steel in a dramatic late-game collapse.

The Steel has two games remaining, but is guaranteed to host the elimination final on Wednesday May 29.

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