Our Kia Magic team fell short of reaching the ANZ Championship Grand Final losing the semi-final against the New South Wales Swifts in a tough match. All things considered Kia Magic enjoyed a successful season despite some challenges along the way. The team was hit hard by injury early on and for a number of games there were only nine or less fit players available for selection.
The youthfulness of the team was questioned by some and the reality was that six of the squad were 21 years and under, making it the youngest team in the ANZ Championship. The fact that up to four of these players were regular starters means that the building blocks for the future have well and truly been laid.
It is thrilling that seven of our players will trial for the Silver Ferns at the end of this month.
The greatest achievement for Kia Magic in 2015 was not only the results they achieved but the culture they developed off the court and in pressure cooker situations on the court it was evident that this characteristic shone through.
I recently watched the movie Unbroken which is the story of the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, who along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a plane crash in WWII - only to be caught by the Japanese and sent to a prisoner of war camp. It was a compelling and inspiring watch with many attributes of the human spirit clearly evident - resilience and courage being the most notable.
Like the lives portrayed in Unbroken, at the highest level of sporting competition resilience and courage have to be displayed, both physically and mentally, and this was something that Magic supporters saw week in week out from their young team. These traits were evident in the last seven days or so of the competition when in beating the Steel in overtime in an elimination match they backed up two days later to beat the Mystics and become the inaugural New Zealand Conference champions.
As the season concludes for Kia Magic we would like to thank our many supporters who have backed us. We go from strength to strength and look forward to returning in 2016 in what shapes to be another season not to be missed.
Chief Executive Officer
Sincere thanks to our family of sponsors and supporters
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