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MATCH REPORT: MAVERICKS U19S 54 - 40 TEAM BATH U19S

20th February 2019

Written by Mavericks U19 Captain - Vicky Booth

Sunday saw Saracens Mavericks U19s take on Team Bath U19s for our first home fixture of the season at Oaklands College in St Albans.

Coming of the back of a great win up north and a good weeks training, the girls were ready to go up against a very strong Bath side, in round 4 of the NPL.

The starting 7 who took to the court were: GS - Libby Burgess GA - Jemma Nightingale WA – Summer Knight C - Bella Baylis WD - Abi Watson GD - Vicky Booth GK – Aliyah Zaranyika

The first-half saw some great defensive pressure from Mavericks early on, and slick passages of play through court as the attack worked tirelessly to get the ball to shooters Libby and Jemma.

A strong first quarter put Mavericks in the lead 15-8, but still some corrections had to be made and with Trish and Lisa’s feedback in the quarter time interval, the girls knew what was needed in the 2nd. Some huge attacking plays and quick ball movement continued in the second quarter extending Mavericks lead.

A massive full unit defensive effort forced Bath into making multiple errors, but Mavericks couldn't always convert the turnovers with miss communications on transition, enabling Bath to still stay within 10.

Bath piled on the defensive pressure in the second quarter, but Mavericks attacking connection and great feeds in from Bella and Summer with Some great shooting accuracy and ball movement put us in a strong lead at half time 32 - 20.

Changes in at half saw Jasmine to the C position, who injected some lightning speed and tenacious defending putting pressure on every ball, in partnership with WD Abi. Mavericks tried to extend and maintain the lead with again great accuracy under the post and persistent defensive pressure through court.

The defence managed to tip lots of ball but couldn't quite manage to control it and get it through court, with some more transition errors and strong Bath defence limited Mavericks to only 11 goals in the 3rd quarter.

Errors from both sides meant that the second half was lower scoring than the first. But some amazing through court passages of play to our solid shooters under the post secured Mavericks with a great victory against a very competitive Bath side 54-40.

Overall a very positive performance from us, with some great intensity and passages of play for us to build on going into our next game. Our connections are looking a lot better from our first run out, which is a very exciting prospect for the season as we look to improve on the performance for our next game against seven stars.

Congratulations to coaches player Jemma Nightingale - for putting out a relentless, solid performance at GA

POTM - Jemma Nightingale

SHOOTING STATS:

Burgess 34/42 - 81%

Nightingale 28/20 - 71%