Waikato-BOP Magic hold on to their stars

AARON GOILE
Last updated 17:57 05/11/2012
Waikato Times

The Waikato-BOP Magic have named their team to defend their ANZ title. Laura Langman talks about the mixture of experience and youth in the squad.

Casey Williams
MIKE SCOTT/Fairfax NZ
Magic player Casey Williams at the team naming with the new sponsor logo in the background.

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Defending champions Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic have retained the services of their big four - Irene van Dyk, Casey Williams, Laura Langman and Leana de Bruin for next year's trans-Tasman netball competition.

At a function today the Magic also announced Kia as their new naming rights sponsor.

An interesting feature of the squad is the inclusion of Jamie-Lee Price, the daughter of former Kangaroo and Warriors rugby league star Steve Price.

The squad is: Leana de Bruin, Kendra Falefitu, Ellen Halpenny, Laura Langman, Nadia Loveday, Erena Mikaere, Jaime Lee Price, Jodi Tod, Elias Shadrock, Jess Tuki, Irene van Dyk, Jess Waitapu, Khao Watts, Casey Williams.

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