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NPL Match Report: Mavericks Tame the (Team South) Tigers

16th February 2016

On Saturday 13th February, Mavericks Youth travelled to Sparsholt College to face their 2nd opponents of the NPL season, Team South Tigers.  Following their impressive win against Loughborough Lightening last weekend, the squad were keen to put in another strong performance.  Last season, Mavericks recorded an impressive win over Team South, but with a slightly depleted squad, knew this match would be no walkover.

Starting 7:  GS Kelk, GA Fleming, WA Satwick, C Dix, WD Hatley, GD Pavelin and GK Everitt. Bench: Barclay, Durr, Rowley and Adio

The first quarter was rather a frantic, scrappy display with wild passes, misplaced balls and the failure to convert turnovers.  First centre pass to Mavericks was immediately turned over by Team South and converted; first centre pass to Team South turned back and this was the pattern for much of the game.  The defence of Everitt and Pavelin seemed to settle quickly, picking up interceptions and tips with Team South finding it hard to feed the ball to their shooting duo.  But turnovers were not converted and despite Fleming shooting calmly at GA (100% for Q1), the mid court were finding it difficult to find any flow and the transition from defence to shooting circle was not effective.  The quarter was pretty much goal for goal with a total of 8 centre passes turned over by both teams.  Q1 Score 9-10 to Mavericks.

No changes were made going into Q2.  Mavericks seemed to settle much more quickly and took a 6 goal lead.  Dix found her rhythm and linked up well with Satwick at WA allowing Hatley and Pavelin to bring the ball down from defence.  But Team South inevitably steadied, and pulled the score back to within 2.  This rattled Mavericks who started forcing the ball into the shooters, and there were too many unforced errors, wild passes and unconverted turnovers.  Kelk appeared to find her confidence with more accurate shooting, backed up well with another 100% shooting quarter by Fleming.  11 centre passes were turned over in this quarter.  Half time score 18-21 to Mavericks.

There was one chance in Q3 - Durr on for Satwick.  Another very well contested quarter, with Team South pulling back the 3 goal deficit immediately.  Goal for goal for 15 minutes with fewer turnovers at centre passes.  The defence of Team South seemed to step up a gear this quarter, with Dix and Durr finding it difficult to feed effective balls into the shooters.  Everitt and Pavelin continued to work hard in the defensive circle, switching and communicating well and Hatley worked hard putting pressure on her WA, but there were still too many basic errors, and failure to convert turnovers.  Kelk continued to grow in confidence, forced to sink long range shots as the Team South defence restricted her and Fleming’s space and movement in the circle.  Q3 ended 31-32 Mavericks.

Q4 saw Adio make her debut at GK with Everitt moving up to GD.  Mavericks had to dig deep this quarter as an early turnover by Team South on Mavericks centre gave them a slim 1 goal lead.  Fleming and Kelk put in their strongest quarter, shooting under pressure with Fleming demonstrating great movement throughout the court, and Durr feeding balls from circle edge.  An interception by Everitt in mid court allowed Mavericks to claw back a goal on the Team South centre.  An injury call by Adio half way through the quarter saw Pavelin back on at GK.  Mavericks turned another TS centre, held their nerve for the last 5 minutes of the game and took the win 46-44.

 

Opposition Awarded Player of the Match: Fleming

Coaches Player of the Match: Durr

 

Sam Meade, Youth Coach for Mavericks agreed this was a tough game with plenty to take back to training and lots to work on. “I think the post match speeches said it all! Team South were buzzing after the game and so they should be, they put out a strong performance and were much improved from last season. We on the other hand looked really disappointed even though we had won. I guess the positive to take away from that is that the players and the coaching staff have higher expectations of ourselves than the performance we put out today”

 

But when all is said and done, the win was taken and Mavericks go into round 3 with two wins out of two.  Our next match is at home to Manchester Thunder on Feb 27th at 4.30.  We look forward to seeing you there – Lets Go Mavericks!

 

Photo Credit: Lee Crabb @ Scrumpix.  Photo shows Georgia Satwick