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|Former name||Canterbury Flames (NBC), Canterbury Tactix (ANZ)|
|Based in||Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand|
West Coast region
|Main venue||CBS Canterbury Arena|
|Head coach||Sue Hawkins|
|Asst coach||Marianne Delaney-Hoshek|
|Best finish||6th (2009)|
|2015 finish||5th (NZ Conference)|
The Mainland Tactix are a New Zealand netball team based in Christchurch, Canterbury that currently compete in the trans-Tasman ANZ Championship. The team was one of the founding franchises in the National Bank Cup, formerly the premier netball competition in New Zealand (1998–2007), during which the team was known as the Canterbury Flames. After the NBC was retired in 2007, the Flames became a founding franchise of the new trans-Tasman ANZ Championship and changed their name to the "Tactix". In 2013 they changed their name to Mainland Tactix from Canterbury Tactix to clearly state what region they are from. The Mainland team represent the New Zealand regions of Canterbury and West Coast.
The Tactix have had mixed results during their competitive history. The "Flames" finished second in four seasons of the NBC, but since the start of the ANZ Championship the "Tactix" have finished no higher than sixth. Since 2010, they have finished dead last in every year of the competition except for 2013 where the Northern Mystics finished last that year.
Home games for the Mainland Tactix are played at the 7200-seat CBS Canterbury Arena in Christchurch. In 2012 it was announced that a game would be played in Nelson for the first time. The team uniform is primarily red and black, in line with traditional Canterbury Rugby Union colours. Their alternate uniform has the black and red colours reversed. For their season of the ANZ Championship, the team were sponsored by SKOPE, a heating and refrigeration company. Since 2009, Mercury Energy have been their naming rights sponsor. In 2012 Easiyo was picked up as naming rights sponsor.
The ANZ Championship was founded in 2007 as the new elite domestic netball competition in New Zealand and Australia. It replaced the National Bank Cup in New Zealand and the Commonwealth Bank Trophy in Australia, which both played their final season in 2007. When the new trans-Tasman competition was announced, the competition was reported to feature five teams from each country. For the new competition, five New Zealand franchises were formed from amalgamations of National Bank Cup teams. A franchise based in Canterbury was an obvious selection. They were a direct replacement of the Canterbury Flames from the NBC.
2008: Inaugural season
The Tactix, like most of the New Zealand-based teams, struggled in their first season, ending up a disappointing 8th. They were coached by Helen Mahon-Stroud and were captained by ex-Silver Fern captain, Julie Seymour.
Tactix had their most successful year yet in 2009, finishing a respectful 6th, picking up several famous wins along the way. The Tactix have since come 10th every year since.
2010 saw the retirement of veteran Julie Seymour, and the Tactix finished last for the first time. Maree Bowden took up the captaincy for 2010, while Donna Wilkins co-captained in 2011. 2011 saw the 2011 Christchurch earthquake which severely disrupted their season, leaving them with another wooden spoon, despite having a decent team on paper. 2011 import Kasey Evering suffered an ACL injury midseason, leaving the defence end light.
The fallout from the earthquake continued, with recruitment made harder, and finances difficult and the city was in rebuild mode. Tactix were allowed a second import to help balance this, although Stacey Francis was injured for most of the season. Joanne Harten was the other import signed for the 2012 season, along with Elizabeth Manu from the Central Pulse and midcourter Keshia Grant, to go with the remaining members from previous years. Helen Mahon-Stroud stood down from the job, and ex-Silver Ferns coach Leigh Gibbs was named as head coach, a position she has retained for the 2013 season.
Regardless, the Tactix finished last for the third time running, although they did win two games (2010 and 2011 yielded only one win each) and managed to beat an Australian team for the first time since 2009 (the NSW Swifts).
The Tactix have made several changes for the 2013 season (including their region name), mainly to cover the loss of captain Maree Bowden, and Anna Galvan, who have both retired. They were once again allowed two imports, which they used to re-sign English shooter Joanne Harten, and also the English captain and former Northern Mystics midcourter Jade Clarke. They have also signed Silver Ferns squad member Julianna Naoupu in place of foundation member Ellen Halpenny.
|2015 Mainland Tactix roster|
Manager: Leanne Harris
|Player profiles: Team website • ANZC website||Last updated: 19 January 2015|
National Bank Cup
- 1998: 3rd
- 1999: 6th
- 2000: 2nd
- 2001: 2nd
- 2002: 2nd
- 2003: 6th
- 2004: 2nd
- 2005: 6th
- 2006: 4th
- 2007: 5th
- 2008: 8th
- 2009: 6th
- 2010: 10th
- 2011: 10th
- 2012: 10th
- 2013: 9th
- 2014: 10th
New Zealand Conference
- 2015: 5th