Despite a tough year, the Splice Construction Bay of Plenty Magic are determined to finish the ANZ Premiership season strongly.

The Magic have been boosted by Monday night’s one goal thriller over the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel.

Support of a vocal home crowd at Claudelands Arena helped lift the team to its second win of the season after a nail-biting finish that had everyone on their feet.

The Magic are back on home court at 7pm this Sunday when they host the Robinhood Northern Stars at Claudelands Arena, with the Waikato Men taking on Tainui Men in a curtain raiser match starting at 5:05pm.

The match there will feature a ‘Go Local’ expo in the foyer, helping support local businesses to re-establish themselves after the COVID-19 lockdown with lots of giveaways and displays.

Tickets to Sunday’s final Magic home match are on sale now through Ticketek.

In other news, the Magic excited to welcome a new member of the whanāu with midcourter Ariana Cable-Dixon announcing she is expecting her first child early next year.

Cable-Dixon won’t play any further part of the season on court but will continue to be an important part of the team’s support crew.

“My partner and I are excited to announce that we are expecting our first baby in early 2021. Even though I will not be finishing the season with the girls I will be helping where I can supporting them throughout the rest of the ANZ Premiership.”

The Magic have made the decision not to name a permanent replacement player at this late stage of the season.

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