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Saracens Mavericks outshine the Stars

6th March 2019

Saracens Mavericks’ road trip to Worcester saw them take a third win in-a-row, a 64-46 victory over Severn Stars which keeps them second in the Vitality Netball Superleague table.

Round 8 threw up a number of surprise results, and with the Sky Sports cameras present on Monday evening, the question on everyone’s lips was, “Will Stars be able to upset Mavericks’ flow”?

Mavericks’ Kadeen Corbin answered that question within the first minute of Q1 with a spectacular interception that left the home side dazzled and on the back foot.

However, games aren’t won in the first 60 seconds and Stars were determined not to make things easy for their visitors.

With 6’5” GS Georgia Rowe and South African International attacker Maryka Holtzhausen working their shooting circle with drives and lofted balls, the defensive duo of Razia Quashie and Jo Trip had to outsmart the opposition if they were going to win any ball!

Gabby Marshall at WD and Sasha Corbin at C worked tirelessly to tie up the hosts front line, creating parcels in the form of interceptions for Trip.

The quarter ended as it had begun for Mavericks, with Marshall taking a sensational flying intercept, George Fisher slotted away the turnover to take Mavericks into a solid 17-10 lead.

Both sides were unchanged for Q2 but the turnover count continued to rise with Jodie-Ann Ward in the Stars camp and Trip for Mavericks, stealing possession.

Quashie was forced to the bench with a finger injury, but in came Lindsay Keable at GD who made an immediate impact in her place.

Both teams’ Goal Shooters sitting on over 90% in the quarter  which meant that the stark difference separating the two sides was the opportunities to goal and chances created.

Sumptuous and precise feeds from Mavericks WA Georgia Lees were an indication of why the advantage was sitting with the away side, 33-23 the gap at the interval.

Half-time allowed both teams to re-jiggle their line ups with Michelle Drayne slotting into WD, Marshall up to C, S.Corbin to WA and Lees taking a breather.

S.Corbin turned in a real captains performance leading the attack end. The England star was finding acres of space, quick releases and having a calming effect on her unit which saw them grow in confidence throughout the quarter.

A commanding quarter saw the team in black and purple extend the lead to 53-35 heading into the final fifteen minutes..

With the win in the bag, Mavericks strived for a championship finish but were left disappointed as a number of poor errors, low scoring opportunities and a lack of attention to detail saw them fail to get to the 20-goal lead that they had held earlier in the contest.

Fortunately for them, the points were already secured and Stars had too much headway to claw back. A battling home side drew the final quarter after a good spell of damage control late on.

Mavericks head coach, Kat Ratnapala said after the game “The disappointing last quarter wasn’t down to combinations of players but more a drop in intensity that can sometimes come when you have a big lead.

“My expectations of this group are big, their expectations of themselves is big, it’s back to the drawing board to prepare for Sirens this Saturday”.

Mavericks are next in action on Saturday 9 March when they take on Strathclyde Sirens who sit ninth in the Superleague table.

The next home fixture against Manchester Thunder is now SOLD OUT. Tickets are also selling fast for the local derby fixture against Surrey Storm and the marquee match against Wasps Netball in Milton Keynes.

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SKY Vitality Player of the Match &

Mavericks Player of the Match: Jo Trip


SHOOTING STATS:
Corbin 16/22 - 73%
Fisher 48/51 - 94%