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NPL MATCH REPORT: A PERFECT START TO THE SEASON

12th February 2016

Mavericks Youth 63 v Loughborough Lightning Youth 24

Mavericks Starting 7: GS-Fleming GA-Morton WA-Satwick C-Dix WD-Pavelin GD-Sutherland GK-Oyesola
Bench: Kelk, Durr, Everitt, Gregory and Hatley

On Saturday 6th February, Mavericks Youth welcomed their East Midlands counter parts Loughborough Lightning for the opening fixture of the National Performance League (NPL) at the University of Hertfordshire.

Mavericks started well with a swift centre pass taking it straight to a shot from Philippa Fleming.  Fleming, making her debut for Mavericks Youth, easily sank the 1st two shot. Familiar face Laura Morton was quick to make her mark on the game, converting the next 3 centre passes to take the score to 5-0 Mavericks. Loughborough struggled to take advantage at their centre passes, with Oyesola, Mavericks debutant Sutherland, Pavelin and Dix putting out strong defensive pressure resulting in turnovers and errors. By the end of the 1st quarter Mavericks were leading comfortably 20-5. With Both Morton and Fleming recording 100% shooting stats for that quarter

2nd quarter and a defensive change: Sutherland moved across to WD, Oyesola up to GD and Everitt made her debut for Mavericks at GK. More of the same followed with turnovers in defence, good transitioning through court and consistent feeding from Dix and Satwick allowing Mavericks to take a 10-3 lead midway through the 2nd quarter. Fleming and Morton continued on their quest for perfection with neither missing their opportunities on goal. They both finished the quarter in fine form clocking up 100% shooting a piece.  With Mavericks 36-13 up at half time ,Youth Coach, Sam Meade was able to start utilising her bench and demonstrating strength and depth.

Moving in to quarter 3 and another debut as Ellie Kelk took to the court at GS, Dix left the court on a 100% centre pass delivery, making way for Gregory and Satwick making way for Durr at WA. Pavelin back on at WD. This time it was Loughborough to draw blood first. But it wasn’t long before Mavericks replied with 3 unanswered goals by Kelk who was quick to find consistency under the post with a few long bombs thrown in for good measure. Loughborough seemed to find some consistency and clocked up their highest quarter score sinking 9 out of their 12 chances in front of goal.

Quarter 4 and another good start by the Mavericks Youth squad. Fleming came off the bench to take over from Morton at GA (whose stats were a whopping 92%. ) and Hatley replaced Pavelin at WD to continue a strong Mavericks defensive effort that resulted in 18 interceptions during the course of the game. Gregory continued where Dix left off with 100% delivery on the centre pass. Durr and Gregory linked up with Fleming and Kelk, providing 20 shooting opportunities although Mavs could only capitalise on 13, finishing the quarter and the game with a convincing63-24 victory over Loughborough Lightning.

Vicki Oyesola was voted player of the match.

Youth Coach Sam Meade said after the game “it feels good to get the 1st game out of the way and of course to record a victory by that margin. It’s been a long start leading in to the season, but we are off the mark with a fantastic opening win. It was great to use the bench and get all the girls court time. I’m pleased for Ellie, Philippa, Zara and Beth who all made their debut today for Mavericks. I thought they all gave a good account of themselves and were fairly consistent throughout. There are always nerves for the 1st game and in particular for the girls who did get to play represent Mavericks for the 1st time, but as always the home crowd were great and really supported the girls on court. We are now looking to fix a few things this week at training before we head down South to take on Team South Tigers in Winchester on Saturday 13th