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Rampant Mavericks up to second after downing Team Bath

18th February 2019

Saracens Mavericks moved up to second in the Vitality Netball Superleague table with an impressive attacking display to saunter to a 68-45 win over Team Bath at the University of Essex.

Kat Ratnapala fielded an unchanged starting seven to the previous game, a narrow loss to Wasps, with hopes of a strong and consistent display.

Team Bath travelled without their England Roses pairing of Serena Guthrie and Eboni Usoro-Brown due to injury and illness, but Jess Thirlby said that her team “still had a job to do”.

Mavericks were on top early on in the contest with the defensive trio of Michelle Drayne, Jo Trip and Razia Quashie starting to cement a rock solid wall which was too much for the Bath attack to breakthrough. 

Early mistakes from the away side built further frustration in to their game and with a composed Mavericks attack gifted possession, they ended the quarter with a pleasing 18-10 score line.

Gabby Marshall replaced Sasha Corbin in the C position at the start of Q2 and quickly settled in to assist with increasing the gap between the sides.

However, it was Mavericks’ Georgia Lees who stole the show, leading the fierce attacking line-up with her constant availability, quick hands and magic touch. The birthday girl celebrated turning 25 with a Sky Vitality Player of the Match award.

Bath’s defence made the transition for Mavericks trickier in the second quarter with their ‘off marking’ style of play, Imogen Allison desperately winning ball for her side in the absence of Guthrie and Usoro-Brown.

Despite this, the hosts had the fans in Colchester on their feet at half-time as they took a 35-22 lead back to the changing rooms.

The second half action commenced with no changes from the home side. An excellent performance from Michelle Drayne, which ultimately earned her the ‘Mavericks Player of the Match’, continued to grow with intercepts, loose pick-ups galore and an attacking presence that any coach would be proud of.

The goals kept flowing for the young England Roses combination of Kadeen Corbin and George Fisher in the shooting circle and the chances continued to come thanks to excellent defensive work.

Showing incredible movement and speed of foot, Jo Trip and Razia Quashie dominated the defensive circle and were rewarded as the home attack converted 100% of turnover ball to goal. The 53-31 score was a fair reflection heading into the final fifteen minutes.

The final quarter was all about playing for pride. Bath wanted to salvage a performance that clearly hadn’t gone their way on the night and Mavericks wanted to see out the game in a clinical fashion.

Sasha Corbin re-entered the game at WA and with time ticking down on the match, Ratnapala was able to introduce Karyn Bailey for the first time this season, the shooter making an eye-catching cameo.

Bath certainly had a point to prove finishing the quarter just one goal behind at 15-14, however it was too little too late as Mavericks saw out a deserved victory.

Head Coach Ratnapala praised the great venue, University of Essex for putting on a wonderful home event. Speaking about the game she said: “I was pleased with some of the consistency that we put out today, but we are by no means are we the finished article. We’re still building on every game and I’ll take that result”.

Saracens Mavericks next home game is at Hertfordshire Sports Village on Monday 25 February at 7pm when they take on London Pulse.

Tickets for this match are now SOLD OUT.

You can still buy tickets for our remaining home matches along with the highly anticipated reverse fixture against Wasps Netball at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, here.

Sky Sports Vitality Player of the Match - Georgia Lees



Mavericks Player of the Match - Michelle Drayne

SHOOTING STATS:

Fisher: 48/53 - 91%
Corbin: 18/18 - 100%