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NPL Match Report: Mavericks Record A Strong Win Against Team Bath

13th April 2016

After a disappointing loss earlier in the week, a focused training session and some strong pre-match words from Coach Sam Meade, Mavericks NPL took to the court against Team Bath for Game 7 of the season.  

The girls showed determination from the opening whistle.  The whole team settled quickly with the defensive trio of Pavelin, Everitt and Hatley immediately making an impact putting great pressure on the Bath attack.  Pavelin soon took control of her GS, restricting her space under the post and showing great strength.  Tips and interceptions followed by the defence, allowing Mavericks to quickly take a 6-1 lead.  Dix and Satwick worked well together to bring the ball to circle edge, placing accurate feeds into Parker and Fleming.  Accurate shooting this quarter with only 1 missed shot gave the team the confidence they had been missing in the previous game.  First quarter finished 15-9 to Mavericks.

No changes going into Q2.  Mavericks continued to grow in confidence with accurate passing and strong transitions through the centre court to the shooters.  A run of 7 goals early on in the quarter rattled Team Bath, and they started to struggle to get out for their centre passes, with Hatley and Everitt playing a tight man on game, timing their runs out of defence to support the transition through to attack.  Fleming was dominant in this quarter, drawing her defender out to allow Parker space where she wanted it, and feeding balls from every angle in the circle.  Satwick and Dix were patient in their build up and feeding into the shooters, allowing Mavericks to stretch their lead to 31-16 at the end of Q2.

Changes in Q3 saw Kelk on at GS, Durr at WA, Gregory at C and Barclay at WD.  Mavericks continued to release the ball quickly from defence through to attack.  Gregory and Durr produced well timed runs, with good decision making from both players.  Everitt and Pavelin were dominating in defence, and Team Bath struggled to get the ball into their shooting circle forcing their attack to make a number of unforced errors, misplaced passes and 3 second calls.  Barclay, unused to playing out of the circle, picked up some second stage tips and Gregory used her elevation to defend strongly alongside her.  Rowley came on for Pavelin at GK half way through the quarter and immediately settled in with the consistently strong Everitt.  Kelk had a good quarter, shooting with composure, with Fleming passing accurate feeds and showing great vision.  Q3 finished 45-23 to Mavericks.

Final quarter changes saw Pavelin back on at GD.  Rowley played a determined quarter picking up a number of tips and rebounds and Gregory showed great athleticism throughout the whole court.  Fleming continued to rotate well with Kelk with Durr feeding some clever balls round the Bath defence.  Mavericks lost a little of the fluency they had shown in the previous 3 quarters, but 100% shooting from both Fleming and Kelk gave Team Bath no chance of making any impact on the final score which finished 59-38 to Mavericks.

A strong performance by the whole squad in this match showing confidence, accuracy and determination.  This is how we know Mavericks NPL can play.

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

Bench:  Barclay, Durr, Gregory, Kelk and Rowley.

Shooting Stats:

Parker:  87%

Fleming:  96%

Kelk:  94%

Player of the Match - Fleming

Next match, Junior Dragons on Saturday 16 April at Sport Wales NC, Cardiff.