Although they are now known as the “Mainland Tactix”, the team has gone through a few name changes. From 1998 to 2007, they were referred to as the “Canterbury Flames”. The team played in the National Bank Cup league until it was replaced by the ANZ Championship. From 2008 to 2012 the team changed their name to the “Canterbury Tactix”. In October 2012, Netball Mainland was established as the governing body to represent not only Canterbury but all of the South Island regions of New Zealand. This is when the team changed their name to “Mainland Tactix”. The team’s name, “Tactix”, reflects their strategic approach to the game and their ability to think tactically on the court. The team has since become one of the most prominent teams in New Zealand netball.
Successes and challenges
Over the years, the Tactix have had their fair share of successes and challenges. In the early years, they faced some difficulties, but they continued to build a strong foundation and develop their roster.
In the 2020 ANZ Premiership season, the team had a breakthrough year, reaching the grand final for the first time in their history.
Although they ultimately fell short of winning the championship, it was a significant achievement for the Tactix and showcased their growth and progress as a team.