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Match Report: Hertfordshire Mavericks Ensure Lightning Cannot Strike

7th February 2016

Vitality Netball Superleague

Round 2: Hertfordshire Mavericks V Loughborough Lightning

Hertfordshire Mavericks 49 Loughborough Lightning 44

The first home game of the Vitality Netball Superleague is always special, and we knew that this would be a great evening of netball. The Hertfordshire Mavericks fans were so loud that we could hardly hear each other! Knowing the Lightning squad would be strong this year,  we were ready for a great match up and a tight contest. 

Our team made a great start going into an early 5 goal lead, but Lightning edged back making the contest a tightly fought one, but the quarter ended with Hertfordshire Mavericks taking the lead 13-11. Our long standing reputation for having a great defending end was showing to be true again this year with solid marking and contesting for the ball through court. However inconsistent play in attack led to too many turnovers giving Lightning the edge at half time 22-25. 

However, this season Hertfordshire Mavericks have the luxury of four outstanding shooters with all of them able to shoot from any range and under pressure.    George Fisher entered the game to great effect and the change in attacking style gave Lightning a new challenge to cope with. Fisher was outstanding scoring 96%  and netting 12/12 in the 3rd 1/4. This excellent shooting display put Hertfordshire Mavericks back in the lead by three goals going into the last 1/4 36-33.

In that final quarter, the roof nearly came off the Hertfordshire Sports Village as the game remained tight in the last few minutes, but the experience and guile of Guscoth, May and Johannson took control of the play through the court.  Hankin entered the game late but made a great impact scoring 100% of her shots enabling Hertfordshire Mavericks to close out the game in style with the final score 49-44.

Layla Guscoth was awarded player of the match.

Coach Sam Bird said " I'm delighted with the squad today. Our shooters scored  89% of shots for the game. We also met a number of team targets for the match. The depth of the squad shows that players can come on from the bench and make a huge impact. We still need to make improvements in the second phase of our attack, but 2 wins from 2 is a good start from which to continue to build." 

We are next in action on Monday in Newcastle versus Team Northumbria televised Live on Sky Sports... Don’t forget to watch as we aim to make it 3 from 3Let’s go Mavericks!