Magic to start netball campaign

Magic and Silver Ferns star Sam Winders. Photo. Supplied. Michael Bradley.

The Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic netball team get their ANZ Premiership campaign underway in Auckland tonight.

The Magic are facing off against the Northern Mystics at The Trusts Arena from 7.15pm.

After a Constellation Cup match-up in March, Australian Diamond Caitlin Bassett and Silver Fern defender Sulu Fitzpatrick are locked on to meet up again in the clash.

Bassett is a key signing for the Magic in 2021 and will anchor the shooting circle while at the other end of the court another new recruit in Temalisi Fakahokotau will be a worthy match for Mystics shooter Grace Nweke.

The Magic’s new-look line has coach Amigene Metcalfe excited about their prospects as they deliver firepower across the court in the form of Silver Fern midcourter Sam Winders and former Fern Grace Kara.

There should be plenty of spark in the midcourt to ignite this match with the likes of Kara and Winders joined by the Mystics’ middies Peta Toeava, Tayla Earle and Fa’amu Ioane.

Defensively, it will be Fitzpatrick to lead by example and coach Helene Wilson can count on her new captain to set the bar high in the Mystics’ opener.

Fitzpatrick was a stand-out during last month’s international series against the Diamonds and will no doubt relish the opportunity to take on one of the toughest in the business in Bassett.

Coverage of the Magic’s ANZ Premiership opener gets underway from 7pm on Sky Sport 3 tonight.

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