History in the ANZ Championship
The Mystics netball team played in the ANZ Championship between the years 2008 and 2016. They made their debut on April 6th, 2008, in a game against the Canterbury Tactix at The Trusts Arena, but unfortunately lost the game 44-48.
In 2011, the Mystics were coached by Debbie Fuller and captained by Temepara George. They had a strong season, finishing in fourth place behind the Queensland Firebirds, Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, and New South Wales Swifts. During the regular season, they won their first game in Australia with a close 56-54 victory over the West Coast Fever in Round 9. The Mystics then went on to defeat the Swifts in the minor semi-final and the Magic in the preliminary final, before losing to the Firebirds in the grand finale. The mystics did well overall in the season despite the loss and finished in second.
In 2012, the Mystics continued to perform well, finishing in second place on the table after the regular season. However, they fell short in the major semi-final against the Melbourne Vixens and then lost the preliminary final to the Magic, finishing third overall. During a Round 8 match against the Vixens, the Mystics introduced a new defensive tactic called the Harrison Hoist. Anna Harrison was hoisted up rugby union lineout-style by her defensive partners, Kayla Cullen and Jessica Moulds, and made several vital blocks. The move proved to be effective in the final quarter when the Vixens’ goal shooter, Karyn Howarth’s goal-bound shots were twice batted away, leading the Mystics to win the match 49-45.
In 2015, the Mystics had a strong regular season, remaining unbeaten against their fellow New Zealand teams and topping the New Zealand Conference. However, they ultimately fell short in the Conference final against the Magic and then lost in the semi-final against the Firebirds.