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MATCH REPORT | SARACENS MAVERICKS FOURTH PLACE FINISH AT RISE AGAIN FESTIVAL

14th December 2021

Saracens Mavericks took part in an action-packed weekend of netball in Manchester this weekend at the Rise Again Festival. With all VNSL sides and men’s teams Knights and Spartans present, it was a real taste of what’s to come this season.

Mavericks started the weekend facing London Pulse in their first group stage match. After falling to them last season, Mavericks took the win. Playing with ease and the well-known Mavericks flair, they took an early lead. This continued throughout the match and the final score was 31-22. Newcomer Jameela McCarthy was named Player of the Match for her incredible work in defence.

Saturday afternoon saw Mavericks take on men’s side, Spartans. Although a more physical opposition, Mavericks were undeterred and brought their A-game. By half time, they had built up a 16-goal lead. The second half saw both sides go goal for goal, with the final score still a 16-goal lead for Mavericks. The score was 39-23 and mid-courter Georgia Lees was named Player of the Match. Saturday finished with Mavericks at the top of their group.

Sunday began with Mavericks facing 2021 VNSL champions Loughborough Lightning in the first semi-finals. Lightning came out the gates firing and got a few points on Mavericks quickly. By half time, Lightning lead by 9 goals. Mavericks kept up the fight until the end, but ultimately, Lightning took the win 27-39. Mavericks earned a place in the 3rd/4th place playoffs against Scottish side, Strathclyde Sirens. Beth Ecuyer-Dale was the Player of the Match for this semi-final. 

The penultimate game of the weekend saw both sides go head-to-head, in a game of two halves. Sirens took an early lead, and Mavericks trailed throughout the first half. The half-time score had Sirens leading by 9 goals. However, Mavericks came out all guns blazing in the second half. Kadeen Corbin, who primarily plays as a shooter, came on as Goalkeeper. The game turned around, with Mavericks going all out and the final whistle, the score was 30-30. The game continued until a side had two points clear of their opponent. Unfortunately, Sirens beat Mavericks to the post and won 32-30. Overall, it was a fantastic ending to a weekend of netball, and Kadeen Corbin’s versatile performance earned her a Player of the Match award.