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Issue No 1. - March 2013 www.northernmystics.co.nz
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LG Mystics CEO Julie Paterson
Mystics set their sights
Article courtesy of The Trusts – Out West.
Undaunted by a raft of changes to the line-up already in 2013, the LG Northern Mystics still give themselves a good chance in the ANZ Netball Championship this year. The Mystics are one of The Trusts major sponsorships this year. Chief Executive Julie Paterson told Our West that the team’s first priority was making the top four. Then when they knew who the other top teams were, they’d set their strategy and tactics for winning the competition. Julie, who is also CEO of Netball Northern Zone, says the team remains very strong, while evolving training and development programmes were building strength in depth, and this would benefit the Mystics in the years to come. The team has lost the inspirational – but now retired – former captain, Temepara George and England captain Jade Clarke, from the 2012 season, and in 2013, Anna Harrison who is pregnant, , and Charlotte Kight who is likely to be out for the season due to injury. Julie says she had a brief “Oh no” moment when she heard Anna Harrison wasn’t going to be available but then she reminded herself that the Mystics are still a very strong side. Julie Corletto, one of the world’s best defenders has joined the squad, playing alongside the exceptional Kayla Cullen; the rotation policies of the past have brought good players through, ready to step up this year. On top of that Ruth Aitken, one of the world’s best international coaches, will be bringing her vast experience to the team as head coach. “We’re perhaps not as flexible as before which is an issue, but I don’t think it’s a significant issue,” she says. On the other hand, the wily Ruth Aitken will be working to build strength in other ways. Julie dismisses a media report last year, that previous coach Debbie Fuller’s rotation policy was controversial. “In fact, it has given us the opportunity to give court time to up and coming players. For example, Jess Moulds will be in the starting line-up this year and that’s possible because rotation gave her court time in the heat of competition last year.” “When I look at the other teams, I think we’re not looking too bad at all,” she says, adding that the New Zealand team she is most wary of at the moment is southern neighbour, Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, followed by the Central Pulse.
That doesn’t mean she doesn’t respect the others. To the
contrary, she says that one of the most exciting things about the championship is that it never turns out the way anybody expects. “She agrees that there is very little margin for error at this level and all of the teams are good enough to be there, so the difference between winning and losing on any given day, could be very small. Things seem to be looking even better for the future, she says. High Performance Training is becoming more netball specific and Netball New Zealand’s development programme will build new depth below the top level of the game. For example, the Northern Zone ( Waiuku to Cape Reinga), which is the Mystics “home turf”, will have two teams in the new national Under 23 programme, This programme is part of Netball New Zealand’s strategy for building additional depth and bringing through the cream of players. All players in this competition will be theoretically in the future, good enough to play for an ANZ franchise and the Mystics will be able to draw players from the two Northern squads, to add to the Mystics’ training squad, and later the full team. She also believes that training methods are improving. In the past they have been largely general programmes that almost any athlete might use, but now they are being focussed specifically on the needs of netball. This and better prevention and management of injuries from the youngest possible age, will help boost the abilities of players at all levels. Julie Paterson believes that New Zealand netball will remain competitive with the Australian game despite all the money that Australia has to throw at it. “They are very specific in the kind of players they are looking for, at an early age,” she says agreeing that this can end up with them becoming predictable. New Zealand play, on the other hand, remains flexible – a feature that for years, has kept the Silver Ferns at the top of the netball world, alongside the Diamonds. It has also kept the New Zealand franchises competitive with the Australians in the ANZ Championship, with the Magic winning the world’s toughest league last year. So, 2013 isn’t a re-building year for the Mystics. They’ll be “going for gold” from day one, with the full belief that this year, they can do what they almost did last year – become the world’s top league team. The Trusts wish them every success.
New Fan zone at Bar 159
New LG Mystics Fan Zone Bar 159 in association with The Trusts. Fans of the LG Mystics will have a new 'home' this year, with the brand new Fan Zone that's being set up in Bar 159 at the Quality Hotel Lincoln Green in time for this year's first game, against the Melbourne Vixens on March 25, at the Trusts Arena. The Fan Zone features a large projection screen to show the games live in the main bar area. This will be supplemented with other monitors scattered around so that, no matter where you are in Bar 159, you will be able to watch the game without leaving your seat. Hospitality Manager at the Quality Hotel Lincoln Green, Emily Forbes, encourages fans to come to the Fan Zone for away games but to attend any games at The Trusts Arena and call into the Fan Zone for before and after celebrations. Emily plans to have the bar decorated in Mystics colours and to have plenty of memorabilia on display as well as a special Mystics notice board for team and fan news. Also expect great drinks and food specials to help fans have an awesome time while backing their favourite team. There’ll also be giveaways, prize draws, spot prizes and Mystics merchandise. Emily is planning to have a regular supply of Mystics tickets and they will be the featured prize in the prize draws. People purchasing food or drink will earn the right to go into the draw to win the tickets. Other Promotions will be getting the chance to win one of three 1 hour training sessions with a Mystics Player or one of the Mystics Trainers. “This will be very exciting for netballers. Of course, not everybody will want to, or be able to train with the Mystics but we expect they’ll have children, family members or friends who’ll be delighted to be given this opportunity, and have the chance to spend time training with one of the best teams in the New Zealand,” she says.
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