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Management committee appointed to struggling Magic

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The period of upheaval at Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic continues with Netball New Zealand appointing a new three-person management committee to oversee the team’s recruitment for the 2022 ANZ Premiership.

Former Olympian Alison Shanks, commercial property lawyer Scott Ratuki and senior commercial executive Andrew Gaze will form the new Magic management committee, starting immediately.

The committee has been formed to support NNZ and interim Magic general manager, Gary Dawson, to help develop and maintain positive commercial and funding partnerships.

But they will also be integral in overseeing the recruitment process for next year’s ANZ Premiership team as well as the appointment of Magic’s team management and staff.

Yesterday saw Magic head coach Amigene Metcalfe announce she will not be re-signing with the club at the end of the current season.

NNZ chief executive Jennie Wyllie says the appointment of a Management Committee will allow the Magic to move forward in the process of building a team for the 2022 league.

“It is important to have a management committee in place for the Magic to enable an independent oversight into forming a team for next year’s ANZ Premiership,” she says.

“The Magic management committee will work closely with Gary Dawson and we feel that Alison, Scott and Andrew bring an excellent mix of skill sets to the role.”

The Magic are in a period of struggle both on the court, where they have lost 10 straight games, and off it.

As reported by Stuff, Netball Waikato-Bay of Plenty’s board disbanded in November with governance responsibilities handed to NNZ whilst Netball WBOP finished 2020 with $368,000 in negative equity.

Covid-19 was the final blow for the embattled organisation, prior to which NNZ had been assisting Netball WBOP financially.

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