Kia Magic a step closer with win over Vixens
Defending champions Kia Magic took a decisive step towards the finals series with a tenacious 56-51 win over the Melbourne Vixens in Hamilton on Sunday.
In a rematch of last yearís grand final, the fourth-placed Kia Magic again got the upper hand in the all-important clash against the third-place... Continue...
Kia Magic ready for heavyweight showdown
Press Release June 13, 2013
Coach Noeline Taurua is confident Kia Magic will rebound strongly from a sub-standard dress rehearsal for Sundayís key ANZ Championship netball clash with Melbourne Vixens in Hamilton.
With the regular season nearing a tense conclusion, fourth-placed Kia Magic were... Continue...
Kia Magic fend off spirited Mystics challenge
Kia Magic survived a strong challenge before subduing a gallant Northern Mystics 60-50 in Auckland on Monday.
Kia Magic had to wait until the final quarter before quelling a determined and committed Mystics, who came out all guns blazing and with nothing to lose. There was plenty more at stake fo... Continue...
Kia Magic ready for Mystics backlash
Press Release June 6, 2013
Winning crunch games has become synonymous with Kia Magic and itís a familiar setting for their ANZ Championship netball outing against Northern Mystics in Auckland on Monday.
Back-to-back wins against Queensland Firebirds and Southern Steel have kept the defending ... Continue...
Strong second half gets Magic home
Kia Magic cleared a major hurdle in the race to the play-offs with a battling 58-52 win over the Southern Steel in Rotorua on Sunday.
The win cemented fourth spot on the table for Kia Magic while also reversing the seven-goal loss suffered at the hands of the Steel two weeks ago, the southerners ... Continue...
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Kia Magic in tune for Steel rematch
Press Release May 30, 2013
Resurgent late season form has Kia Magic in buoyant mode ahead of their ANZ Championship netball rematch with Southern Steel in Rotorua on Sunday.
A gutsy three-goal extra time away win over Queensland Firebirds has rejuvenated the defending champions campaign headi... Continue...
Extra time thriller for Kia Magic
Defending champions Kia Magic needed extra time before pulling off a thrilling 65-62 win over the in-form Queensland Firebirds on the Gold Coast on Sunday.
With their season on the line, Kia Magic produced their best form at the right time in an intense and exciting contest, fortunes ebbing and f... Continue...
End of an era, Kia Magic coach calls time
Press Release May 23, 2013
Kia Magic head coach Noeline Taurua is set to end her long and frutiful tenure with the Waikato/Bay of Plenty netball team at the end of August.
Under Tauruaís stewardship, Kia Magic has produced an enviable record of being the only team to make the semi-finals ever... Continue...
Kia Magic lose out to impressive Steel
Kia Magicís hopes of defending their ANZ Championship title have nosedived after losing 65-58 to an impressive Southern Steel in Invercargill on Saturday.
The result ensured Steel leapfrogged Kia Magic into fourth place as the southerners recorded their fourth straight win in a row for the first ... Continue...
Kia Magic look to keep shifting in the right direction
Press Release May 16, 2013
Captain Laura Langman is hoping a momentum shift and quick turnaround will work in Kia Magicís favour for Saturdayís all-important ANZ Championship netball contest against Southern Steel in Invercargill.
With both teams equal on points, Kia Magic have a tenuous hold... Continue...
Storming finish gets Kia Magic home against Pulse
Kia Magic were forced to dig deep before repelling a spirited Central Pulse 53-49 in Hamilton on Monday.
The home team showed plenty of character to come from behind with a forceful second half to gain their revenge against Pulse who prevailed in the first showdown by a solitary goal two weeks ag... Continue...
Kia Magic spirits high for Pulse rematch
Press Release May 9, 2013
Back-to-back losses have not dented Kia Magic coach Noeline Tauruaís faith ahead of her teamís important ANZ Championship netball rematch with Central Pulse in Hamilton on Monday.
With the season at a critical stage and clinging to fourth spot on the table courtesy o... Continue...
Magic rolled by impressive Thunderbirds
Over-run 45-33 by a rampant Adelaide Thunderbirds highlights plenty of soul-searching ahead for Kia Magic who slumped to their second successive defeat in Adelaide on Monday.
There was also the worrying sign for Kia Magic of shooting great Irene van Dyk seeing out the match from the bench. A forg... Continue...
Back to basics for Kia Magic
Press Release May 2, 2013
Polishing up on the basics has been a key focus for Kia Magic ahead of their ANZ Championship netball showdown against the table-topping Thunderbirds in Adelaide on Monday.
A tense one-goal loss to Central Pulse in the latest outing, their second of the season, has l... Continue...
Magic come up short against Pulse
In a game where fortunes ebbed and flowed throughout, Kia Magic were pipped 53-52 by a fast-finishing Central Pulse in Wellington on Sunday.
Kia Magic had their opportunities to stake a claim but at times lacked fluency on attack and composure in the heat of battle, the Pulse showing they have le... Continue...
Kia Magic defender ready to raise the bar
Press Release April 25, 2013
Struggling to hit her own high expectations, Kia Magic defender Leana de Bruin is looking to change all that in Sundayís ANZ Championship netball showdown against Central Pulse in Wellington.
A proven performer under pressure, the Silver Ferns defensive rock is r... Continue...
Kia Magic return to winning ways
Veteran shooter Irene van Dyk was back to her efficient best as Kia Magic posted a comprehensive 65-45 win over Canterbury Tactix in Tauranga on Monday.
Having to cool their heels for two weeks since going down to West Coast Fever in their last outing, Kia Magic couldnít wait to make amends. Rest... Continue...
Mental focus key for Kia Magic
Press Release April 18, 2013
Attitude will be as important as fitness when Kia Magic front for their return ANZ Championship netball match-up against Canterbury Tactix in Tauranga on Monday.
Kia Magic have had a couple of weeks to lick their wounds after their 14-game winning run was snapped ... Continue...
Timely break for Kia Magic
Press Release April 11, 2013
Coach Noeline Taurua has welcomed the timing of Kia Magicís bye this weekend after a reality check and an eventful few days since their latest ANZ Championship netball outing.
West Coast Fever produced the upset of the season to snap Kia Magicís 14-game winning ... Continue...
Fever break Kia Magicís winning streak
Kia Magic struggled to contain a physical West Coast Fever, the Perth based team showing their rising prospects for the second straight week when upsetting the defending champions 57-51 on Sunday.
In a completely dominant performance, Fever broke Kia Magicís unbeaten 14-game streak while also reg... Continue...
Injury blow for Kia Magic
Press Release April 5, 2013
Injury has ruled midcourter Jess Tuki out of contention for Kia Magicís ANZ Championship netball clash against West Coast Fever in Perth on Sunday.
A heavy fall during training yesterday (Thursday) resulted in Tuki fracturing a small bone in her elbow.
Now spor... Continue...
Challenging road trip for Kia Magic
Press Release April 3, 2012
Aware of the pitfalls, Kia Magic coach Noeline Taurua has set out to cover all bases in preparation for Sundayís ANZ Championship netball showdown with West Coast Fever in Perth.
Many teams have fallen foul on the back of the long road trip to the competitonís most... Continue...
Commanding win for Magic
Kia Magic stunned the NSW Swifts with a commanding 61-35 win at ASB Baypark Arena in Tauranga on Sunday.
In a complete performance with captain Laura Langman leading from the front, Kia Magic introduced a variety of combinations, each slotting in seamlessly as the defending champions dominated th... Continue...
Options aplenty for Kia Magic coach
Press Release March 27, 2013
Rewarding players for their off-season efforts has strengthened Kia Magic coach Noeline Tauruaís selection hand for Sundayís ANZ Championship netball clash against NSW Swifts in Tauranga.
Able to field two different attacking lines in the first-round win against C... Continue...
Dominant opener for Magic
Defending champions Kia Magic made a seamless start to their 2013 campaign with a comprehensive 69-46 win over the Canterbury Tactix in Nelson on Sunday.
It was an emphatic statement from Kia Magic, who reversed their traditional trend of being slow starters as they look to set new standards for ... Continue...
No looking back for Kia Magic
Press Release March 21, 2013
There will be no looking back for Kia Magic when they open their 2013 ANZ Championship netball campaign against Canterbury Tactix in Nelson, on Sunday.
Last yearís fairytale run to the trans-Tasman title, the first by a New Zealand team, has largely been forgotte... Continue...
Magic prepped for pre-season hit-outs
Press Release February 19, 2013
Attitude and skill execution will be key targets for Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic when they put their form to the test in three ANZ Championship pre-season warm-up netball games this week.
The defending champions meet the Northern Mystics in Auckland tomorrow (W... Continue...
Casey ties the knot
A whoís who of New Zealand netball were on hand to watch Kia Magic stalwart Casey Williams exchange vows with her partner of two years lawyer Terry Kopua in December.
``It was a beautiful wedding,íí Kia Magic coach Noeline Taurua said.
``I have known Casey since she was 16 and it was quite sentime... Continue...
Encouraging start for Kia Magic
With her full team assembling for the first time in early January, Kia Magic coach Noeline Taurua couldnít have been happier with the outcome.
``I was very pleased with the conditioning work all of them had done over the break and that includes our Silver Ferns players coming off a tough internatio... Continue...
Lucky break for rookie shooter
Missing out on the Auckland NPC team has proved a blessing in disguise for Kia Magic newcomer Kendra Falefitu.
Gaining a lifeline with Bay of Plenty Gold at the national championships, shooter Falefitu made the most of her opportunities, eventually being chosen with fellow Auckland teenagers Nadia ... Continue...
Watts back for more Magic
After a breakthrough season with the Magic in 2012, Australian import Khao Watts is delighted to be back for a second campaign.
Last year the South Australian rookie, who paid her own way to attend Magicís final pre-selection trial, continued to blossom after being thrust into the challenging wing ... Continue...
2013 Magic squad and new team name unveiled
Press Release November 5, 2012
There was a mix of familiar and new as reigning ANZ Championship netball titleholders Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic launched their 2013 squad today with Kia Motors being confirmed as the teamís major commercial partner.
Magic franchise CEO Sheryl Dawson said there... Continue...
Top award for Magic CEO
Press Release November 2, 2012
Caught completely off guard, it was a visibly moved Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic netball franchise CEO Sheryl Dawson who scooped the top honour during the Tauranga Business Awards held in Mt Maunganui this evening.
Dawson, who was unaware she had been nominated,... Continue...
Innovative Magic coach gets her reward (Feature)
Press Release July 26, 2012
For her players, the creative streak provided by coach Noeline Taurua was a decisive factor behind Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magicís breakthrough win in the ANZ Championship netball grand final.
Four years of disappointing campaigns had left not just stalwarts Irene va... Continue...
Jubilant Magic secure ANZ champs title
Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic continued their fairytale ride to snatch the ANZ Championship with another of their famed fight-backs following a hard-fought 41-38 win over the Vixens in Melbourne on Sunday.
Qualifying in third place for the play-offs, Magic broke a trend from previous grand finals w... Continue...
Coaching maestro backs Magic win
Press Release July 19, 2012
Coaching legend Lois Muir has backed Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magicís strong team platform to pull them through against Vixens in Sundayís ANZ Championship netball grand final in Melbourne.
The long-standing former Silver Ferns mentor has long since hung up her clipbo... Continue...
Magic acknowledge passing of star shooter's mother
Press Release July 17, 2012
The Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic dedicated last nightís thrilling win in the ANZ Championship netball preliminary final to the mother of star shooter Irene van Dyk.
Van Dyk received news early yesterday that her mother, also Irene, had passed away in her hometown of... Continue...
Magic make final after extra time thriller
A dominant spell of extra time propelled the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic to a 57-48 win over the Northern Mystics in the ANZ Championship netball preliminary final in Auckland on Monday.
The result, clinched after the teams were all tied up at 44-all at the end of regulation time, booked the Magi... Continue...
Magic well prepped for neighbourly clash
Press Release July 12, 2012
Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magicís recent history has them well primed for the crunch meeting with Northern Mystics in Mondayís all-or-nothing ANZ Championship netball preliminary final in Auckland.
Riding high after securing a dramatic one-goal win over Adelaide Thunde... Continue...
Magic stay alive
Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic booked their place in the preliminary final with a nerve-wracking 49-48 win over the Adelaide Thunderbirds in the sudden-death ANZ Championship clash in Hamilton on Monday.
The Magic will meet the Northern Mystics in Auckland next Monday to decide who will meet the Mel... Continue...
Magic ready to lift again, says Williams
Press Release July 5, 2012
Another close examination of their new-found resilience awaits Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic in their sudden-death ANZ Championship netball clash against Adelaide Thunderbirds in Hamilton, on Monday.
Finishing third and fourth respectively at the end of the regular se... Continue...
Magic cement playoffs spot
Completing a remarkable turnaround, Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic sealed home advantage for the minor semi-final with their 53-43 win over the Queensland Firebirds in Hamilton on Monday.
In a slightly anti-climatic final match to the regular season, the Magic were in the fortunate position of not h... Continue...
Magic ready for another pressure-cooker clash
Press Release June 28, 2012
Weeks of battling for survival has left Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic well prepared for their key ANZ Championship netball clash against the Queensland Firebirds in Hamilton on Monday.
Riding eight straight wins, the latest and most impressive being a 17-goal dissect... Continue...
Magic overpower Thunderbirds
Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic continued their giant-killing run to produce a commanding 59-42 win over the Adelaide Thunderbirds in Tauranga on Saturday.
It was the second week in a row the Magic have knocked off the team at the top of the table after disposing of the Northern Mystics last week. In... Continue...
Another big challenge looming for Magic
Press Release June 21, 2012
Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magicís ability to rise to the challenge is set to be tested once more, against the table-topping Adelaide Thunderbirds in ANZ Championship netball action in Tauranga on Saturday.
Despite the heroics of recent weeks, during which they have eme... Continue...
Magic continue winning ways
Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic continued their upward surge to secure a vital 48-46 win over the Northern Mystics in Auckland on Sunday.
Showing great composure, the Magic repelled everything the table-topping Mystics could throw at them in recording their seventh straight win as they climbed into t... Continue...