Casey Kopua re-signs with Waikato-BOP Magic

Last updated 10:58 21/06/2014
Casey Kopua
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MAGIC MILESTONE: Casey Kopua.

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The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic have re-signed Casey Kopua for another trans-Tasman league season.

The inspirational skipper, who is the only foundation member left at the franchise, has been quick to recommit for 2015.

"I love being a part of the Magic franchise and just in general, I'm happy, so there was no reason to look at moving anywhere else," she said.

Taking on the Magic captaincy for the first time this year, the classy defender wholeheartedly embraced the challenge of working with Australian coach Julie Fitzgerald in moulding a team, including nine new faces, into a highly competitive unit.

The pair were instrumental in helping steer Magic to the preliminary final and duly rewarded when Kopua was the only New Zealand player to make the public voted All Stars team with Fitzgerald as its coach.

"I thoroughly enjoyed myself this season," Kopua said. "If you don't enjoy something you shouldn't be doing it, not that it was getting to that point, but this year certainly refreshed the reasons why I play netball."

With just a season under their belt together, Kopua, 29, was excited about the future if the core of this year's group stays stay put at Magic.

"A lot of this group have only just tapped into their potential and what they could go on to become," she said. "I can only imagine what that would be like if we can pull that all together as a team."

Loyal to the core in remaining with her home region, next year will mark Kopua's eighth season with the Magic since the inception of the competition and her 13th with the same team overall.

"The opportunity to play for and represent my home team is a real honour and one that excites me," Kopua said.

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