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MATCH REPORT: MAVERICKS U19S 41 - 35 SEVERN STARS U19S

5th March 2019

Match Report by Eleanor Butt vice - captain

Mavericks Under 19’s travelled to Cheltenham on Saturday raring to go against Seven Stars in Round 6 of their NPL season.

Despite it being a long journey away to their opponents the previous two wins under the team’s belt put them in good stead for a well contested match.

Our starting seven took to court with the whole bench and an impressive display of Mavericks supporters behind them. The line up being GS- Libby Burgess GA - Jemma Nightingale WA – Summer Knight C - Abi Watson WD - Vicky Booth GD - Katie Fisher GK – Aliyah Zaranyika 

The first quarter saw Mavericks at a high intensity but against a strong unyielding stars defence this originally led to some lack in fluidity in attack. However, once the nerves settled Mavericks saw some great rotation in attack which was coupled with some impressive defensive pressure. This resulted in several forced errors from stars which Mavericks capitalised on. Moreover, great interceptions from Zaranyika aided by Booth and Fisher meant the quarter was strongly challenged and ended 7-7. 

The second quarter brought changes to the 7 with Jasmine Nightingale taking up C, Abi Watson moving to WA and Eleanor Butt as GA. After a brief but poignant team talk from Trish the girls came out fighting and determined to show Stars exactly what Mavericks were made of. An impactful through court defence and effective attack saw Mavericks pull away from stars winning the quarter 15-6 bringing the half time score to 22-13. 

Stars refused to sit back in the third quarter and with some changes they upped their intensity and took advantage of Mavericks struggling to get shooting opportunities. Stars had a five-goal run but Mavericks knew they had to keep their composure. Thanks to some accurate shooting and great feeds from Watson and Nightingale Mavs managed to hold their lead and finish the third quarter 32-24. 

The final quarter was a strong battle with both teams capitalising on each other’s mistakes. However, some forced balls in Mavericks attack and consistency in the circle from Stars allowed them to reach within four of Mavericks mid-way through the quarter. It was at that point the tenacity of the Mavericks girls both on and off court was demonstrated as they held a five-goal lead. Our desire to win ball in defence and strength in the circle meant Mavericks came out on top finishing on a scored penalty shot after the whistle much to the delight of our passionate supporters. 

Overall as a team we were extremely proud of our performance as well as our grit and determination through the second half. There are still some areas in which we will aim to improve but our performance shows how far we have come from the start of the season. The girls are now more than ever hungry for the win in our rematch against Leeds Rhinos next week. 

Congratulations Jas Nightingale on player of the match, your control and movement through court as C was vital to the team’s success. 

POTM - Jasmine Nightingale

SHOOTING STATS:

Nightingale - 50%

Burgess - 62%

Butt - 80%