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NPL Match Report: Back to winning ways for Mavericks NPL v Team Northumbria NPL

9th April 2016

Mavericks NPL faced visitors Team Northumbria NPL in Game 5 of the season.  Two wins, two losses, so an important game for the squad who had worked hard at training. With regular GA Morton injured, and shooter Kelk missing, Parker was called up to the squad to make her debut.

Starting 7:  GS Parker, GA Fleming, WA Satwick, C Dix, WD Hatley, GD Pavelin and GK Everitt. 

Bench:  Barclay, Durr, Gregory and Rowley.

Mavericks settled quickly and despite the game going with centre passes for the first 5 goals, the team stepped up a gear quickly with a run of 7 goals taking the lead 12-5.  Accurate passing throughout the court and superb feeds into the tall Parker from both Satwick and Dix allowed her to open her account early with some composed and calm shooting.  Fleming was supporting Parker well, giving the Team Northumbria defence problems with her quick movement and drives across the shooting circle.  The defensive duo of Pavelin and Everitt were solid, turning the ball over, picking up rebounds, with Hatley supporting well bringing the ball out of defence.  Mavericks continued to convert their centre passes, and when up 15-9, had another run of goals finishing the quarter 21-12 up.

One change going into Q2 saw Pavelin and Everitt switch bibs.  Team Northumbria put up more of a fight in this quarter, but Mavericks were not rattled, and continued to release the ball more quickly, driving into space with fantastic transitions down the court.  Satwick and Dix continued to place accurate high balls into Parker giving the shooters plenty of opportunities.  A few unforced errors in this quarter gave Team Northumbria a couple of turnovers on centre passes, but Mavericks soon replied.  Hatley played a tight quarter, restricting the movement of her WA and Everitt continued to pick up interceptions giving Mavericks a 37-24 lead at half time.

Changes in Q3 saw Gregory on at C, Dix moving up to WA and Durr on at WD.  Gregory immediately took control of her opponent, with fast drives and quick changes of direction, and she linked up well with Durr as the defence continued where they had left off in Q2 – Team Northumbria’s shooters struggled to make any impact as Everitt and Pavelin gave them few opportunities on goal and they lacked the speed in centre court to handle Dix, Durr and Gregory.  Parker and Fleming put in an almost flawless quarter, shooting at almost 100% a piece, giving Mavericks a 57-30 lead at the end of the quarter.

Fresh legs on in Q4 – Barclay on at GD and Rowley at GK, Durr moving to WA and Everitt to WD.  An excellent display of composed and polished netball; the defence worked well as a unit, tips and interceptions by Barclay and Rowley, turnovers converted, quick ball release and high work rate until the final whistle despite the huge winning margin.  Mavericks won this quarter 20-7, giving a final score of 77-37.

Mavericks worked hard in this game and showed ability in all areas of the game with every member of the squad taking the court.  Strong performances by both Parker and Everitt at both ends earned them joint Player of the Match; Parker scored an incredible 54 goals and Everitt made 12 interceptions and 12 turnovers.