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Double delight for Saracens Mavericks at Easter extravaganza

26th April 2019

 

Saracens Mavericks secured two wins from two games at the Vitality Netball Superleague Easter showdown in Coventry to retain their hopes of a top four finish.
Victories over Celtic Dragons and Team Bath kept Mavericks in fifth place but crucially only three points of the sides in third and fourth with two rounds left to play.
The bank holiday weekend bonanza got off to a dream start with a 55-50 day one victory over Celtic Dragons.
Dragons came into the fixture in fine form but were undone by a classy first half display from the team in black and purple.
Kat Ratnapala also had the opportunity to give a run-out to all 12 players in the squad with one-eye on crucial clash to come against Bath.
The shooting duo of George Fisher and Kadeen Corbin got Mavericks off to a wonderful start and with Razia Quashie producing yet more sensational intercepts in defence, they led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Excellent mid-court pressure had Mavericks flying again in Q2 as they raced into a 25-15 lead.
A late first half fightback from Dragons saw the gap shrink to 31-25 at half-time.
Lindsay Keable and Karyn Bailey were introduced for the third quarter but the momentum remained with the Welsh side.
Within minutes the deficit was reduced to one goal. With pressure mounting the defence stood tall and Mavericks were able to regain control and take a 42-39 advantage into the final fifteen minutes.
Steph Collard came into the game at WD with seamless impact, continuing to pile on the defensive pressure and support the attacking line up with smart and slick transition.
Despite a second half scare, Mavericks were able to hold on for a win and take three vital points.
Day two and a quick turnaround heading into what was anticipated to be one of the highlights of the weekend.
With Team Bath sitting third in the table and Mavericks needing to take the win to remain with any chance of staying in the race for a semi-final spot.
The last time the two teams met looked very different with international stars Serena Guthrie and Eboni Usuro-Brown missing from Baths line up, Mavericks were anticipating a very different match up.
A tense battle on court followed with Mavericks grinding out a crucial 51-45 victory over their play-off rivals.
An early error saw Mavericks’ first centre taken to goal by Team Bath, who then slotted away their own possession to make it 0-2.
However, it didn’t take Saracens Mavericks’ Razia Quashie long to make her presence known to the Bath attack, with a high early steal on the transverse line.
The quarter continued with each shooting circle full of physical battles, Bath pulled out to a four goal lead but Mavericks responded.
The defensive quartet of Sasha Corbin, Michelle Drayne, Jo Trip and Quashie were hard to break down and they fought back to level pegging at 12-12 for the opening fifteen minutes.
Bath started the second quarter with some characteristic fast and flat attacking magic with Guthrie and Sophie Drakeford-Lewis linking nicely to try and split the Mavericks defence.
Likewise the link of Georgia Lees, K. Corbin and George Fisher troubled the opposition’s experienced back line with a variety of attacking play that would keep them guessing.
The Sky Sports encounter was well underway to keep viewers glued to the screens as the quarter ended with just 2 goals difference 24-22 to Mavericks.
The second half saw the centre court action heat-up with Roses colleagues S.Corbin and Guthrie going toe to toe, both showing their world class ability in the battle to edge their side into a lead.
Beth Ecuyer-Dale made a brief but impactful appearance in the Centre position for the remainder of the quarter and Mavs finished one goal ahead, taking a 37-34 advantage into the final quarter.
Q4 had everyone on the edge of their seats, Mavericks rung the changes and introduced Karyn Bailey to GS, Fisher moved across to GA and S.Corbin re-entered at C.
With no time to settle into the game Bailey took it by the reins and contributed her cool head to link nicely with Lees, who was leading the attacking end with her control. 
S. Corbin controlled her team from the front and a crucial turnover from the mid-courter saw the bench erupt. This lifted the rest of the team and provided Mavericks with the belief that the win was in touching distance.
With 10 minutes still to play, the lead at this stage was still in the balance.
The blue and yellow attach would keep Quashie and Trip from switching off, but the growing duo were showing a serious connection that would give a headache to any attacking unit in the league.
Fisher and Bailey were making full use of their defensive units labour, slotting away an impressive 100% of their chances to goal in the final quarter.
With the connection on court working so well, Bath were unable to break Mavericks’ lead and the black and purple took the victory, keeping alive their chances of a title challenge.
Kat Ratnapala summarised the weekend saying “The Easter weekend has been a quick turnaround for tough games and both have been physically tough on our players bodies but I’m pleased we have the squad to see out both games and come out victors in both.  
No team is to be underestimated this season and Dragons came out fighting, I’m pleased we were able to get all 12 players out and see out the game, it wasn’t pretty but the players got the points we needed and our Captain led us from the front with a deserved POTM for Sasha Corbin.
Bath vs Mavericks matches go down in history and this one was no exception, there was little separating the teams and I’m so pleased we were able to hold our nerve and take our opportunities when it mattered. There is still a lot more required from us all, all 8 players stepping on court in this game delivered and that’s all I can ask of them.
We go again on Saturday 27th April vs Severn Stars and can’t wait to get out in front of the Essex crowd.”
Online ticket sales for this match is now closed but there will be tickets available on the door so come & join us in the push for top 4.

Saracens Mavericks secured two wins from two games at the Vitality Netball Superleague Easter showdown in Coventry to retain their hopes of a top four finish.

Victories over Celtic Dragons and Team Bath kept Mavericks in fifth place but crucially only three points of the sides in third and fourth with two rounds left to play.

The bank holiday weekend bonanza got off to a dream start with a 55-50 day one victory over Celtic Dragons.

Dragons came into the fixture in fine form but were undone by a classy first half display from the team in black and purple.

Kat Ratnapala also had the opportunity to give a run-out to all 12 players in the squad with one-eye on crucial clash to come against Bath.

The shooting duo of George Fisher and Kadeen Corbin got Mavericks off to a wonderful start and with Razia Quashie producing yet more sensational intercepts in defence, they led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter.

Excellent mid-court pressure had Mavericks flying again in Q2 as they raced into a 25-15 lead.

A late first half fightback from Dragons saw the gap shrink to 31-25 at half-time.

Lindsay Keable and Karyn Bailey were introduced for the third quarter but the momentum remained with the Welsh side.

Within minutes the deficit was reduced to one goal. With pressure mounting the defence stood tall and Mavericks were able to regain control and take a 42-39 advantage into the final fifteen minutes.

Steph Collard came into the game at WD with seamless impact, continuing to pile on the defensive pressure and support the attacking line up with smart and slick transition.

Despite a second half scare, Mavericks were able to hold on for a win and take three vital points.

 

Day two and a quick turnaround heading into what was anticipated to be one of the highlights of the weekend.

With Team Bath sitting third in the table and Mavericks needing to take the win to remain with any chance of staying in the race for a semi-final spot.

The last time the two teams met looked very different with international stars Serena Guthrie and Eboni Usuro-Brown missing from Baths line up, Mavericks were anticipating a very different match up.

A tense battle on court followed with Mavericks grinding out a crucial 51-45 victory over their play-off rivals.

An early error saw Mavericks’ first centre taken to goal by Team Bath, who then slotted away their own possession to make it 0-2.

However, it didn’t take Saracens Mavericks’ Razia Quashie long to make her presence known to the Bath attack, with a high early steal on the transverse line.

The quarter continued with each shooting circle full of physical battles, Bath pulled out to a four goal lead but Mavericks responded.

The defensive quartet of Sasha Corbin, Michelle Drayne, Jo Trip and Quashie were hard to break down and they fought back to level pegging at 12-12 for the opening fifteen minutes.

Bath started the second quarter with some characteristic fast and flat attacking magic with Guthrie and Sophie Drakeford-Lewis linking nicely to try and split the Mavericks defence.

Likewise the link of Georgia Lees, K. Corbin and George Fisher troubled the opposition’s experienced back line with a variety of attacking play that would keep them guessing.

The Sky Sports encounter was well underway to keep viewers glued to the screens as the quarter ended with just 2 goals difference 24-22 to Mavericks.

The second half saw the centre court action heat-up with Roses colleagues S.Corbin and Guthrie going toe to toe, both showing their world class ability in the battle to edge their side into a lead.

Beth Ecuyer-Dale made a brief but impactful appearance in the Centre position for the remainder of the quarter and Mavs finished one goal ahead, taking a 37-34 advantage into the final quarter.

Q4 had everyone on the edge of their seats, Mavericks rung the changes and introduced Karyn Bailey to GS, Fisher moved across to GA and S.Corbin re-entered at C.

With no time to settle into the game Bailey took it by the reins and contributed her cool head to link nicely with Lees, who was leading the attacking end with her control. 

S. Corbin controlled her team from the front and a crucial turnover from the mid-courter saw the bench erupt. This lifted the rest of the team and provided Mavericks with the belief that the win was in touching distance.

With 10 minutes still to play, the lead at this stage was still in the balance.

The blue and gold attack would keep Quashie and Trip from switching off, but the growing duo were showing a serious connection that would give a headache to any attacking unit in the league.

Fisher and Bailey were making full use of their defensive units labour, slotting away an impressive 100% of their chances to goal in the final quarter.

With the connection on court working so well, Bath were unable to break Mavericks’ lead and the black and purple took the victory, keeping alive their chances of a title challenge.

Kat Ratnapala summarised the weekend saying “The Easter weekend has been a quick turnaround for tough games and both have been physically tough on our players bodies but I’m pleased we have the squad to see out both games and come out victors in both.  

No team is to be underestimated this season and Dragons came out fighting, I’m pleased we were able to get all 12 players out and see out the game, it wasn’t pretty but the players got the points we needed and our Captain led us from the front with a deserved POTM for Sasha Corbin.

Bath vs Mavericks matches go down in history and this one was no exception, there was little separating the teams and I’m so pleased we were able to hold our nerve and take our opportunities when it mattered. There is still a lot more required from us all, all 8 players stepping on court in this game delivered and that’s all I can ask of them.

We go again on Saturday 27th April vs Severn Stars and can’t wait to get out in front of the Essex crowd.”

Online ticket sales for this match is now closed but there will be tickets available on the door so come & join us in the push for top 4.

Photo Credit: Clive Jones

Player of the Match v Dragons: Sasha Corbin



SHOOTING STATS:

Fisher: 17/21 - 81%
Corbin: 13/15 - 87%
Hankin: 13/21 67%
Bailey: 12/16 - 75%


Sky Player of the Match v Bath: Michelle Drayne


Player of the Match v Bath: Razia Quashie



SHOOTING STATS:

Fisher: 29/33 - 88%
K. Corbin: 13/17 - 76%
Bailey: 9/9 - 100%