Prediction comes true for Magic fan
Prediction comes true for Magic fanMARYANNE TWENTYMAN
Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic supporter Gaenor Smith made a bold statement at the start of the ANZ Netball championship.
"Right at the beginning of the season I said I would be travelling to the final because the Magic would be in it," she told the Waikato Times last night.
And true to her word Mrs Smith and friends Sylvia Smith (no relation) and Julie Caulfield packed up their Magic merchandise last night and drove to Auckland Airport to board a plane for Melbourne.
"It is really exciting," the Magic supporter said.
"I travelled to Sydney for their final in 2008 too, and I truly believe that this is their year."
The three women are avid netball fans and have volunteered with Waikato Netball, Hamilton City Netball and wider regional clubs for many years.
They are courtside at every Magic home game, too, as volunteers at Claudelands Stadium where they enjoy working with fans as well as the teams.
Last Monday they were able to perfect their Magic chants as they made the trip to Auckland for the "tense" preliminary final against the Mystics.
"It was a bit tense," Sylvia admitted.
"But wasn't it amazing how they were up, then they went down, and then to power away in extra time - well it just shows what our girls are made of," she said.
They believe the loss of Irene van Dyk's mother to cancer will also serve as extra incentive for the Magic to win the final.
"I think they are an amazing unit and they have the ability to go all the way and I think with what's happened to Irene and her family - that has only bought them closer together," Mrs Smith said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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