For the first time in her three-year tenure, Splice Construction Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic coach Amigene Metcalfe believes she has put together a team highly capable of winning a first ANZ Premiership title.
On the back of impressive off-season signings in the form of prolific Australian shooter Caitlin Bassett, well-performed midcourter Grace Kara and dynamic defender Temalisi Fakahokotau, both former Silver Ferns, there is a confident feeling the missing ingredients to a more consistent Magic have been found.
With three other newcomers in the team, including NZU21 squad member Georgie Edgecombe, midcourter Tori Kolose and shooter Chiara Semple, the Magic have significantly changed their line up this season.
“I think we haven’t been able to confidently say that we’ve had a team that could win it previously because of the unknowns,” Metcalfe said.
“But we’ve now got people who have been in winning championship teams, who know how to win and know how to compete. Then when you add the excitement and enthusiasm of the young ones, we think we can win it.
“We identified we were lacking some experience in key areas, so really happy that in each area of court we’ve added some experience with Caitlin, Grace and Temalisi.”
There’s also experienced campaigners in midcourter and captain Sam Winders and long-limbed defender Erena Mikaere while up-and-comers Khiarna Williams (shooter) and Georgia Tong (defender) continue to prove their skills and will benefit hugely from the personnel around them.
This season the Magic play across Hamilton, Tauranga and Rotorua. To learn more about the Magic or to grab a ticket to their games, visit NetballMagic.co.nz.