ANZ Premiership: Magic shooter Abigail Latu-Meafou shows off Silver Ferns credentials

Magic shooter Abigail Latu-Meafou in action.
Magic shooter Abigail Latu-Meafou in action. Photo credit: Photosport

The Silver Ferns could have a new shooting star on their hands if Monday nights ANZ Premiership clash is anything to go by.

The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic topped the Northern Stars 57-51 in their second game of New Zealand's glamour domestic netball showpiece.

Magic shooter Abigail Latu-Meafou was unflappable under the basket, finishing with an outstanding 92 per cent conversion rate.

The Auckland-born goal-shoot landed 34 from 37 attempts, guiding the Magic to a come-from-behind victory.

Latu-Meafou has spent the last three-years plying her trade in the Australian league but has returned just in time to take a shot at making the national side for the upcoming World Championships.

"It felt really good out there tonight," she said.

"The energy was great. The culture and environment here is really inclusive - it's beautiful actually.

"We are a family and being a family person myself, that really hits home to me."

The 21-year-old has noticed a slight difference when comparing the trans-Tasman competitions.

"It's probably not as fast [in New Zealand], but the intensity is the same," she said.

"But I feel as included as in Australia - it's just different but I really love it here."

While both sides were in the reckoning with 15 minutes to go, the Magic’s defence shook up the Stars’ shooters to dominate the final quarter, 15-10.

But it was the consistency of the Magic’s young attacking line-up that really stood out throughout the game, with 89 percent shooting accuracy combined.

With a win and a loss on a whirlwind three days. The Canterbury Tactix host the Southern Steel in Christchurch on Tuesday night.

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