WBOP 2021 team Photo-Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic on Facebook

After a disappointing 2020, a massive list turnover, and some high-profile recruits what can the 2021 season bring for the Magic?
Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic Recruit Caitlin Basset. Photo: Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic on Facebook

What to expect for 2021

It was a disappointing 2020 season for Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic coming in sixth and only being able to win two games. Even without the added pressures that came with the outbreak of COVID-19, it was a tough season.

It’s going to be an interesting season for the Plenty Magic, with plenty of new faces joining the line up – headlined by Australian Diamonds Star and Giants player Caitlin Bassett.

The Aussie’s high profile exit from the Suncorp Super Netball will have all eyes on the Magic in round 1.

Caitlin Basset will be able to bring her leadership and experience to the Magic as she has played on the biggest stage throughout her illustrious career.

The hidden advantage for the Magic is Bassett and Erena Mikaere played together at both West Coast Fever and Sunshine Coast lightning.

Defender Temalisi Fakahokotau will also join the club which is sure to bolster both ends of the court.

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Biggest Factor for success

The biggest factor for success is finding out their best combinations.

Magic has already hit the ground running in 2021 by taking the chocolates in the club’s practice match against last season’s premiership winners in the Central Pulse, which proves that these on-court connections are starting to form.

2021 Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic team. Photo: Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic on Facebook

Last season:

Sixth, 2-4-9

Off-season player movements

In- Caitlin Bassett, Tori Kolose, Temalisi Fakahokotau, Georgie Edgecombe, Grace Kara, Tori Kolose, Chiara Semple, Khiarna Willams

Out- Asher Grapes, Ariana Cable-Dixon, Monica Falkner, Holly Fowler, Abigail Latu-Meafou, Georgia Marshall, Kelsey McPhee, Jenna O’Sullivan

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