Magics rise is no illusion

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Vixens finished second in the All About Netball League

Dramatic finish to league season

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Magics are celebrating their second consecutive Portsmouth League title.

Pippa Kadinopoulos’ side netted the division two crown with victory on the final day of the season.

The triumph followed on from their charge through the third division last season.

Now they are preparing to embark on a maiden season in division one.

And Kadinopoulos reckons much of their recent success can be put down to some valuable plans put in place by coach Katharin Rackham.

Rackham, who plays for Wannops in premier one, has been helping Magics between seasons.

And her advice is clearly paying off in style.

Captain Kadinopoulos said: ‘With no spare time to train during the seasons, Katharine Rackham helped coach us in between seasons.

‘This has definitely had a big impact on us jumping up divisions.

‘And we still try to put her game plans into practice.

Magics were formed back in 2005 with original members Nicole Egerton, Natalie Wheldrake, Georgina Morton and Hannah Macrae.

The team started in division six and competed in divisions three and four for many seasons.

They slowly worked their way up from finishing mid table to third.

And then last summer they finished as winners to book a spot in division two.

The triumph did little to dent their drive and hunger, though.

And they have finished as division two champions this winter – once again losing just a single fixture in the whole campaign.

Kadinopoulos is the latest in a long line of captains, which have included Egerton, Macrae and Vicki Cheal previously taking the reins.

She is hoping to welcome Macrae back this summer and reckons her side will embrace the new challenge.

She added: ‘The best thing about being captain of a team like Magics is they are a great group of girls who just want to play netball.

‘And as a result we always have fun on court.

‘The whole team are pretty active as individuals – with at least three of us having completed marathons.

‘We are currently looking for a sponsor, so any offers would be greatly appreciated.’

Get in touch with Magics via general@portsmouthnetball.org.uk