Champions Out To Reproduce Magic

Irene van Dyk is the Magic's star player. Picture: Simon Cross/
Waikato BOP Magic  takes on Canterbury Tactix  for the second time this season when the sides meet at the ASB Bay Park Arena on Monday night. Big things were expected of Waikato this season having won the championship in 2012 and they have hardly let their fans down, winning two of their opening three matches to sit fourth on the ladder a month into the new campaign. Coach Noelene Taurua and her squad suffered their only defeat last time out against West Coast Fever in Perth however and having had a bye last week, they will be determined to get back on track against a side they flogged by 23 goals in week one, when Silver Ferns shooter Irene van Dyk scored 45 goals from 48 shots.

Canterbury is ninth of ten teams in the Championship at the moment having scored its first victory of the year in a 80-78 nail biter that went to double extra time. England internationals Jo Harten and Jade Clarke played a key role in that success and will again be pivotal to their side’s chances, but young goalkeeper Zoe Walker has been ruled out after hobbling off with an ankle injury last week. Without her top defender coach Leigh Gibbs will have her hands full containing van Dyk, who is the second highest scorer in the history of the Trans-Tasman competition.

LIVE on Fox Sports 1 at 5.30pm (AEST) Monday April 22.

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