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MATCH REPORT | SARACENS MAVERICKS 46 - 53 LONDON PULSE

28th April 2022

Day 2 was to be a different affair with Mavericks in a position to overtake Pulse for the 3rd spot in the table.
Kat Ratnapala said pre match that “Every game is massive for us this year & yes it is tight at the top (of the table), but if you want to be in that top then you’ve got to be able to take out some people below you too” the Director of Netball said that to beat this Pulse team “We need to play our own game & stay true to ourselves”.
Quarter 1
Saracens Mavericks opened the game with the same starting line up as the previous day and didn’t hold back with a 3 goal lead.
Mavericks held the small lead for the first half of the quarter but with a loose ball into the hands of Pulse, the London rivals kick started their claw back and the quarter ended 13-13.
Quarter 2
Unchanged by both teams and evenly matched on speed it went goal-for-goal. 
Mavericks were trying everything in their power defensively to get ahead with Quashie, Gibson & Zaranyika’s efforts but the Pulse side were relentless. Mavericks took a 27-26 lead. 
Quarter 3
A 12 minute half time reset gave Pulse the better start, taking their rewards for the relentless defensive pressure. There were body’s taking hits and Mavericks’ infamous fast game was being detained. The connection with the centre court and Clarke was under a lot of pressure with only 10 shooting opportunities they struggled to service her. 
And whilst Gabby Marshall at WD the other end was working tirelessly to disconnect the link between Scholes, Honey and youngster Tchine, it just wasn’t enough.
Pulse sneaked ahead 34-38.
Quarter 4
Mavericks came out firing in the final quarter, throwing all that they could at the Pink & Black’s but they couldn’t get past the 2 goal threshold. 
McDonald and Tchine continued to pressure the Mavs defence and rookie Jayda Pechova won a huge rebound from Mavericks to continue their final push.
Although Mavs held on, it was the final 5mins that saw Pulse stretch the lead to 7 goals and took the game 46-53.
Ratnapala said “it’s a tough loss to be honest, we weren’t ourselves today and we’ve just reflected on that. But we’ll push on-we play Bath next and we need to build for that”.
“The first quarter we should’ve been up by 3, we had lots of opportunities where we could take more ball to goal but we didn’t take them. So yeah, a disappointing start for us”.
Saracens Mavericks will meet Team Bath for the first time this season, in the rescheduled round 10 game on 29/04/2022.

Day 2 was to be a different affair with Mavericks in a position to overtake Pulse for the 3rd spot in the table.

Kat Ratnapala said pre match that “Every game is massive for us this year & yes it is tight at the top (of the table), but if you want to be in that top then you’ve got to be able to take out some people below you too” the Director of Netball said that to beat this Pulse team “We need to play our own game & stay true to ourselves”.

Quarter 1

Saracens Mavericks opened the game with the same starting line up as the previous day and didn’t hold back with a 3 goal lead.

Mavericks held the small lead for the first half of the quarter but with a loose ball into the hands of Pulse, the London rivals kick started their claw back and the quarter ended 13-13.

Quarter 2

Unchanged by both teams and evenly matched on speed it went goal-for-goal. 

Mavericks were trying everything in their power defensively to get ahead with Quashie, Gibson & Zaranyika’s efforts but the Pulse side were relentless. Mavericks took a 27-26 lead. 

Quarter 3

A 12 minute half time reset gave Pulse the better start, taking their rewards for the relentless defensive pressure. There were body’s taking hits and Mavericks’ infamous fast game was being detained. The connection with the centre court and Clarke was under a lot of pressure with only 10 shooting opportunities they struggled to service her. 

And whilst Gabby Marshall at WD the other end was working tirelessly to disconnect the link between Scholes, Honey and youngster Tchine, it just wasn’t enough.

Pulse sneaked ahead 34-38.

Quarter 4

Mavericks came out firing in the final quarter, throwing all that they could at the Pink & Black’s but they couldn’t get past the 2 goal threshold. 

McDonald and Tchine continued to pressure the Mavs defence and rookie Jayda Pechova won a huge rebound from Mavericks to continue their final push.

Although Mavs held on, it was the final 5mins that saw Pulse stretch the lead to 7 goals and took the game 46-53.

Ratnapala said “it’s a tough loss to be honest, we weren’t ourselves today and we’ve just reflected on that. But we’ll push on-we play Bath next and we need to build for that”.

“The first quarter we should’ve been up by 3, we had lots of opportunities where we could take more ball to goal but we didn’t take them. So yeah, a disappointing start for us”.

Saracens Mavericks will meet Team Bath for the first time this season, in the rescheduled round 10 game on 29/04/2022.

Photo Credit : Morgan Harlow