NEW CHALLENGE: TAS Netball Coach Get’s Opportunity with Waikato BOP Magic Zone


Hyrum Sunnex has been appointed “Head Coach” for one of the Waikato BOP Magic U17 Performance Squads for 2016/17. The period of his appointment is from 6th November 2016 until 20th May 2017.

81 Players have been selected throughout the Zone and split up into 6 x teams that include:

  • 2 x Teams from Hamilton
  • 2 x Teams from Thames Valley/Waipa
  • Whakatane/Gisborne
  • Rotorua/Tauranga/Taupo

The Waikato BOP Magic has a very big zone that they cover and this is an exciting time for these up and coming athletes and future Magic and Silver Fern Players. The players that have been selected were given 3 opportunities in 2016 to be selected. These includes UNISS (Upper North Island Secondary School) Tournament, Rotorua Secondary School Tournament and U17 New Zealand Nationals.

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All 81 players went through an induction day yesterday, where they met their coaches, mentors and team mates. They participated in 4 workshops that included:

  • Nutrition
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Skills/Passing
  • Planning

They were also treated by meeting the 2017 Waikato BOP Magic ANZ Team and were given the opportunity to ask questions, mingle and spend some quality time with these athletes in a relaxed and social setting.

The purpose of these Performance Squads is to create a pathway for Talented Athletes in the Magic Zone and introduce Performance Principles and prepare these athletes for Training and Competing at the Highest Level.


The Magic Zone has appointed two new High Performance Managers with a lot of experience in Debbie Fuller (last 5 years as Head Coach Northern Mystics) and Former Silver Ferns Coach Ruth Aitken.

Hyrum is very excited by this opportunity to work with these athletes and having direct access to these great mentors in Debbie Fuller, Ruth Aitken and of course the Current Magic Coach Margaret Forsyth.

“This is going to be an exciting year for me as a coach, as I will not only be able to work with and mentor these rising athletes but also be able to learn as much as I can from my mentors within the Magic Zone and bring this knowledge and experience back to my local TAS Netball Club for 2017 but also the wider community.”