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SARACENS MAVERICKS UNDER 15S BATTLE FOR BRONZE

9th September 2019

On Friday 30th August, Saracens Mavericks U15s squad travelled up to the University of Wolverhampton to contest in the inaugural U15 Netball Performance Competition taking place Saturday and Sunday of that weekend. Ahead of the tournament, intensity of training sessions filled the team with confidence to deliver as combinations began to strengthen. The entire squad approached the tournament with excitement and nerves, as for many this was the highest level competition they were yet to play in, but most importantly: all heads were in the game.

The Saturday commenced with Mavs first game against Surrey Storm. A performance put out that was certainly far from their best saw Mavericks suffer a loss in their first game 25-32. However, after an extremely analytical and enlivening debrief, Mavs shook this off and went on to convincingly beat Team Bath 32-24 and Wasps 28-19. 

Especially noteworthy was their next and last match of Pool B against London Pulse. This was very physical and highly contested but Saracens Mavericks came out on top after an impressive team performance winning 29-22. At the end of the day, both Surrey Storm and Saracens Mavericks had only lost one match leaving them with the same number of points. Mavs finished second in the pool with only slightly lower goal difference and both teams advanced to the semi-finals.

Sunday saw Saracens Mavericks face Manchester Thunder in the semi-final. Although Mavericks put in a great effort, Thunder were incredibly clinical and a loss of 24-38 saw Mavs going into the 3rd/4th play-off against Leeds Rhinos. Despite being disappointed by missing out on the final, Mavericks held their heads high and battled it out in a well-fought match against Rhinos winning with a close score of 27-26. This meant Saracens Mavericks took the bronze for the tournament!

Overall, the tournament saw the squad go from strength to strength in confidence, really beginning to trust in each other and all the work they’d put in leading up to the competition. Furthermore, it was a great experience for team bonding and getting to know each other better in a competitive environment. They also began playing for each other. A wide variety of players from all throughout the court achieved player’s player and coaches’ player for different matches in the competition. Super shooter Tiana was awarded player of the tournament for her consistency and cool-head. 

Support for the team was incredible; the Mavs fan base was arguably the loudest of any team! A huge congratulations to the Saracens Mavericks U15s squad for their success!

Written by Izzie Holmes - Under 15s Captain with Eva Chater & Pippa Dixon - Under 15s Vice Captains