The SKYCITY Mystics proudly supported for years by The Trusts, kick started their ANZ Premiership campaign against the Central Pulse yesterday in Hamilton. This opening match was part of the first Super Sunday, hosted by Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic. All six teams play at the same venue on Super Sundays. There will be three Super Sunday’s throughout the season, with The Trusts Arena hosting all teams on Sunday 11 June.
The SKYCITY Mystics will have seven regular-season home games in 2017 with six at The Trusts Arena and one at the North Shore Events Centre. Their first home game takes place on Monday 3 April at 7.40pm against the Southern Steel. All 47 ANZ Premiership matches will be broadcast LIVE on Sky Sport on Sunday’s, Monday’s and Wednesday’s.
Here is the squad for 2017:
Tera-Maria Amani, Storm Purvis, Sasha Corbin (ENG), Michaela Sokolich-Beatson, Anna Harrison, Elisapeta Toeava, Bailey Mes, Maria Tutaia, Samon Nathan, Brooke Watt, Mererangi Paul (Training Squad – Full season), Tauhi Lopeti (Training Squad – Pre-season), Helene Wilson – Head Coach, Jenny-May Clarkson – Performance Specialist Coach.
World famous in England
England international Sasha Corbin can’t wait to begin the next step of her netball journey and where better than New Zealand and the big heights of ANZ Premiership. “I’m ecstatic. I wanted this pretty much since the ANZ started.” Sasha said. The 28-year-old will get her first taste of the newly-formed ANZ Premiership with her SKYCITY Mystics on March 26, where they will face Wellington’s Central Pulse in Hamilton as part of the first Super Sunday.
Younger sister Kadeen, who featured in England’s three-test series defeat against the super sunshine girls of Jamaica recently, will also pit her wits in the ANZ Premiership with Christchurch’s Mainland Tactix who meet Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic also on March 26. “Being over in Australia or New Zealand is always a massive step up. In competition you are playing with the best, week in and week out” Sasha said. Wing attack specialist Corbin admits it was an emotional moment when it was confirmed the SKYCITY Mystics wanted her services. “I actually got it in a message. I just looked at it and was like ‘is this for real?’. Then I thought maybe they don’t know I’m injured and then I just cried. I still get emotional now. Someone believed in me when I wasn’t fit.”
She is determined to make the ANZ Premiership her home in years to come with the aim to help the SKYCITY Mystics outfit, who include New Zealand internationals Maria Tutaia, Bailey Mes, Anna Harrison and Storm Purvis, to the 2017 title. However, it won’t be a permanent move. “Superleague is definitely getting there and I would love to retire in my home country. But we’ll see what happens for the future and just take it day by day,” she says. Sasha admits she cannot wait to begin the next step of her netball journey.
We have 40 tickets to give away to the game against the Southern Steel at The Trusts Arena on Monday the 3rd of April. Check out our Facebook Page for details on how you can go in the draw to win tickets.