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1st April 2016

Vitality Netball SuperLeague

Round 11 Preview: Hertfordshire Mavericks V Manchester Thunder

So far, phase two of the Vitality Netball SuperLeague has seen Mavericks with a 100 percent win rate.  Now we meet Manchester Thunder, whom we are level with on points and goal average at the top of the table.  It’s no surprise that this is going to be a big game for both sides and one that will undoubtedly be hugely exciting for those in the stands, watching on the LiveStream and following via Social Media.

In the first meeting of the two teams this season, Thunder had the upper hand with Mavericks squandering an early lead .  Our aim is to come out strong from the first Centre Pass and keep up that intensity until the final whistle.  We are conscious that some of Thunder’s more difficult recent wins have been characterised by their opponents not playing at a consistently high level for the full 60 minutes – we are aiming to not be another statistic in that regard.

We are pleased with our recent run of form showing Mavericks can be relentless when needed and also have the strength of character to come back from behind and grind out the win.  Saturday will be tough, it will be testing and ultimately we expect it to be a great display of what netball at the top of this league can offer.

Head Coach Sam Bird commented: “We are looking forward to playing Thunder again and we have been working hard on adapting our game strategy to keep up the unpredictability of what we can do against strong opponents.  We come off the back of a good win away in Loughborough and aim to keep that momentum going towards playoffs."