OPOTIKI’S Simmon Howe continues at wing attack for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic netball team.

A DISAPPOINTED Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic’s captain said the basics let the side down in their 20-goal loss to last year’s defending champions Southern Steel, on Monday.

Captain Casey Kopua again led the way with an outstanding match, but her side couldn’t keep possession to convert it to points. Kopua’s form is back to its best with 10 gains in the match, including four intercepts, three deflections and three rebounds. It was an interesting match-up with Magic defenders Kopua and Kelly Jury taking on their 2018 team-mate Lenize Potgieter, who played 38 minutes of the game.

Opotiki’s Monica Falkner played the first half of the game at goal attack with 85 percent goal shooting accuracy, pairing up with goal shooter Abigail Latu-Meafou. The second half saw Magic coach Amigene Metcalfe and assistant coach Mary-Jane Araroa, from the Eastern Bay, switch up the shooting circle by pairing Kesi McPhee with Latu-Meafou.

Opotiki’s Simmon Howe again played the entire match at wing attack, doing her job well, collecting 32 centre passes and linking up well with her team-mates to send in 39 balls into the shooting circle, although only 24 of those were attempts at goal.

The match results came down to the Magic getting less ball into the hands of the shooters and having only 63 attempts at goal compared with the defending champs’ 86 attempts. Southern Steel won 73-53.

The Magic take on the Mystics this Sunday at 4pm at Eventfinda Stadium in Auckland.