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MATCH REPORT: PRESEASON V LONDON PULSE - WIN 48-30

10th December 2018

With a short turnaround for the squad, up next was London Pulse, new to the Vitality Superleague League this year and another good opportunity to test a new set of combinations against the newcomers.

Mavericks starting 7 - Fisher, Bailey, Lees, Ecuyer-Dale, Marshall, Keable & Quashie. Taking every centre pass through to a shooting opportunity in the first quarter, the game was evenly matched for the first quarter. Going goal for goal for the first quarter, an injury to Lees saw Ecuyer-Dale and Marshall move forward and Nicholls enter in as WD. Through some smart thinking from Fisher and Marshall saw Mavericks take 2 goals in the final 20 seconds of the first quarter, finishing 11-7.

Changes for quarter 2 saw Fisher and Bailey changing bibs and Drayne replacing Nicholls at WD. With a step up in defensive pressure, Marshall adapting the timing through court with some excellent decision making and patience with the ball, Mavericks stretched their lead with 7 unanswered goals in this quarter. Ending this quarter 23-14 (12 - 7) it was a more convincing quarter, however there was still a huge amount of unforced errors which needed to be tidied up.

After the 6-minute half time, Mavericks went on with a new combination of Fisher, Corbin, Ecuyer-Dale, Marshall, Nicholls, Pavelin and Quashie. With some classy displays in attack and dominant defence and drives through court, Mavericks were able to push the quarter score out to 37-21 (14-7).

Final quarter saw Drayne enter at C and Marshall take to bench. With some excellent defensive pressure from Quashie, Pavelin, Nicholls and Drayne, Mavericks still worked hard for turnovers, but again unforced errors meant that the final quarter finished 11-9, with the final score 48-30 to Mavericks.

POTM Razia Quashie 

SHOOTING STATS:

Bailey 15/16 94%

Fisher 24/27 89%

Corbin 9/9 100%

Ratnapala said “Not dropping a quarter all day, it was a great start to the 2019 campaign, however preseason matches are a fact-finding mission of where we are at individually and as a squad and we have learnt a lot about where we are right now and where we want to be, come the start of the season. With only a few training sessions left in December, we will continue working hard to make sure we are improving and asking more of each other. Some of the individuals have really stepped up today and I’m pleased how things are progressing, but we are by no means the finished article and I’m already thinking to our next training session next week.”