Wai-BOP Magic face tough start to new season

Casey Kopua

The Magic will open next year's trans-Tasman league with a tough trio of fixtures against Australian sides.

Waikato-BoP Magic re-sign Tairi and Rasmussen

Grace Rasmussen

After losing out on bringing Laura Langman back to the franchise, the Magic have re-signed Courtney Tairi and Grace Rasmussen.

Waikato-BOP Magic squad shapes up for 2015


The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic squad has a settled look about it and is quickly taking shape for 2015.

Waikato-BOP Magic look to play one more week


Waikato-Bay of Plenty team look to do the unthinkable and win tonight's preliminary final in Brisbane for a spot in the final.

Magic's Tairi loving thrill of being back in finals

Courtney Tairi

Having experienced finals games two years in a row at the NSW Swifts, Courtney Tairi went two years without at the Southern Steel.

Wai-BOP Magic do homework before big test


Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic players have plenty of homework to do ahead of Monday night's massive assignment.

Silver Ferns call-up is magic news for Halpenny

Ellen Halpenny

Plenty of joyful tears have been shed over Ellen Halpenny's Silver Ferns squad selection for Glasgow.

Waikato-BOP Magic's playoff road gets tougher

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Magic coach Julie Fitzgerald concedes her team will have to do it the hard way.

Magic looking to end Pulse hopes

Magic's Grace Rasmussen

The Central Pulse might have tipped the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic up in Hamilton four weeks ago, but the Magic may be able to have the last laugh tonight.

Magic edge out champs in thriller

Casey Kopua

The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic survived a seriously sloppy performance to defeat the Adelaide Thunderbirds 50-49 in Rotorua last night.

Loyal leader reaches Magic mark

Casey Kopua

Legendary defender Casey Kopua will play her 100th game for the Bay of Plenty Magic this weekend.

Casey Kopua's coach a big fan

Casey Kopua

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Julie Fitzgerald was a Casey Kopua fan long before she joined the Magic.

Forsyth enjoying the Magic ride

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Margaret Forsyth knows there's some sacrifices in order to steer the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic to a trans-Tasman league title.

Langman first to reach milestone game

Laura Langman

Laura Langman will become the first player in the trans-Tasman league to play 100 games.

Irene van Dyk nervous when playing Magic

Irene van Dyk

Irene van Dyk admitted to being extremely nervous in the lead-up to facing her old team for the first time.

Joline Henry talks when van Dyk won’t

Joline Henry

It's the homecoming game for some Pulse players as they come to Hamilton, but not all want to talk about it.

Magic confident of winning over the fans

Courtney Tairi

Decision not to cut ticket prices to Magic games based on belief people back a winning team.

Harten ready for English battle

Jo Harten

Magic goal shoot might be 20,000km from home but she keeps facing off against her compatriots.

Magic players to be nursed through week

Casey Kopua

Magic coach Julie Fitzgerald looks to keep her stars fresh for a huge game in Melbourne on Friday.

Magic looking to keep the ball rolling

Casey Kopua

The Magic may well have done their part to give themselves a healthy home crowd advantage tonight.

Fitzgerald's fostering key to Magic ways

Julie Fitzgerald

Magic attacker Ellen Halpenny believes nurturing ways of Julie Fitzgerald key to Magic success.

De Bruin battles the pain for Magic cause

Leana de Bruin

Back injury being put to the side by netball defender as she pushes to get another win for the Magic.

Magic defeat Mystics 50-36 to take second win

Leana de Bruin

The Magic have made it two wins from two after a stylish display in victory over the Mystics.

Langman out to stop Magic show

Laura Langman

The veteran centre is about to face her old team for the first time, but isn’t getting emotional, writes Aaron Goile.

Magic have the culture right

Grace Rasmussen

The culture at the Magic is far better than what Grace Rasmussen experienced at the Mystics.

Tactix trounced in season opener

Jo Harten

Magic show their early-season class with new shooting pairing dominant throughout.

Magic trio familar with foe's Tactix

Bessie Manu, Jo Trip and Jo Harten

The Magic won't be short of able lieutenants to point them in the direction of CBS Canterbury Arena tomorrow.

Casey Kopua fit and firing for season opener

Casey Kopua

Casey Kopua is suffering no more ill effects after ankle surgery and is set to play a full part in the trans-Tasman league season.

Fitzgerald heartened despite pre-season woes


Lack of a wins at the Summer Shootout pre-season tournament a potentially ominous sign for Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic?

Jessica Tuki takes her chance with Mystics

Jessica Tuki

Former Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic player Jessica Tuki has been called into the Northern Mystics team for the Summer Shootout.

Doubts remain over Casey Kopua's fitness

Casey Kopua

Magic captain Casey Kopua is unsure whether she will take the court in this weekend's tournament in Melbourne.

Scratchy start from the Magic

The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic have plenty to work on before the trans-Tasman league season gets under way.

Casey Kopua to lead Wai-BOP Magic in new era

Casey Kopua

New Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic coach Julie Fitzgerald has predictably named Casey Kopua as captain.

Casey Kopua named Magic's captain

Casey Kopua

In announcing their skipper, the franchise also named Leana de Bruin as their vice captain.

Wai-BOP Magic confirm pre-season schedule


The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic are set to get plenty of match-play under their belt ahead of next season.

Kopua takes on technical advisor role

Casey Kopua

Captain Casey Kopua will not play for the Silver Ferns in the UK but she will be there as a technical advisor.

Teen talents signed up with W-Bop Magic

Fresh faces for Fitzgerald's team

Jamie-Lee Price

Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic have signed two teenagers, as their 2014 roster nears completion.

Magic announce two more signings for 2013

Grace Rasmussen

The final Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic roster for next year's trans-Tasman league is slowly taking shape.

Erena Mikaere signs with Southern Steel

Erena Mikaere

Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic defender Erena Mikaere signs with Southern Steel for next year's trans-Tasman league.

Magic keep Halpenny, sign new Silver Fern Tairi

Ellen Halpenny

Waikato-BoP Magic have retained the services of Ellen Halpenny and signed new Silver Fern Courtney Tairi.

Court time important for Casey Kopua

Casey Kopua

Silver Ferns captain Casey Kopua wants her team-mates to have faith that she can get through the international season injury-free.

Casey Kopua re-signs with W-BOP Magic

Casey Kopua

The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic have re-signed Silver Ferns skipper Casey Kopua for another season.

Jo Harten to join the Waikato-BOP Magic

Jo Harten

The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic have signed England shooter Jo Harten for the next two trans-Tasman league seasons.

Leana de Bruin re-signs with Magic

Leana de Bruin

The star defender recommits to the franchise for two years.

Magic lose Khao Watts to West Coast Fever

Khao Watts will not return to the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic for next year's trans-Tasman netball league, instead signing with the West Coast Fever.

Time ticks on with Magic yet to lock down stars

Casey Kopua

Next week is shaping as crunch time for the Magic franchise to hold onto a bit of credibility.

Hamilton to host majority of Magic games

Leana de Bruin

Hamilton will host the majority of the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic's regular season matches next year for the first time since 2008.

Halpenny gets shot at Silver Ferns selection

Ellen Halpenny

Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu has sent a ringing endorsement the way of Magic shooter Ellen Halpenny.

'I thought I'd stay at Magic till I was 100': van Dyk

Irene van Dyk

Irene van Dyk says she thought she would stay with the Magic until she was 100.

Magic chair wants to lock in stars for future

Laura Langman

Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic board chairman John Wiltshire wants to see the franchise move away from single-year contracting.
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