Tough road for Magic netballers


TWO wins from eight games hasn’t dampened the spirit of the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Splice Construction Magic netball team which is sitting at fourth on the ANZ Premiership table.

Magic captain Casey Kopua said the feeling in their camp was positive and confirmed the team, which comprises two Opotiki players, were close knit.

Of their eight games, the side has beaten the Northern Stars 57-51 in the second of their round one games and beaten the Northern Mystics in round four 42-34.

However, in the following games in spite of showing class and ability at both the shooting and defensive ends, the Magic hasn’t been able to deliver consistently over four quarters.

This was evident in Monday’s game against the Northern Mystics where the Magic led the first quarter 15-10, only to let the opposition win the next three quarters and gradually take the game out to an insurmountable 54-44.

Opotiki’s Monica Falkner is the favoured goal attack by coach Amigene Metcalfe, who has been largely rotating the goal shoot bib between Kelsey McPhee and Abigail Latu-Meafou.

Falkner has had considerable responsibility asked of her and in spite of experience at national level, she is still only 22. Overall, after eight games, Falkner is sitting at 77 percent shooting accuracy, netting 141 goals, 89 feeds and 80 centre pass receives.

Simmon Howe, also from Opotiki, is another player who has featured in every Magic game starting in the wing attack position. Originally brought in as an injury replacement, Howe has stamped her mark on the Magic’s wing attack bib and has shown her ability to click with Falkner in the shooting third.

There are still seven games left for the Magic who will be looking for a full 60-minute team performance when they take on the Northern Stars at Pulman Arena in Auckland on Monday, April 7.

The game starts at 7.30pm.