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NPL Match Report: The Clouds of Surrey Storm Youth hang over Mavericks Youth

10th March 2016

As the prequel to London Live, Mavericks Youth faced Surrey Storm Youth at the Copper Box for the fourth match of the NPL season. Following their first disappointing loss against Manchester Thunder the week before, the squad were in a determined mood to return to winning ways.

 

Starting 7: GS Fleming, GA Morton, WA Dix, C Sutherland, WD Hatley, GD Oyesola and GK Pavelin.

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

Storm came out of the blocks at top speed on the first whistle and immediately turned over two Mavericks centres. Mavericks couldn’t settle at all and Storm took full advantage taking a 14-2 lead within 10 minutes. Oyesola and Pavelin were struggling to turn the ball over, Mavericks couldn’t convert their own centre passes with Dix and Sutherland finding it hard to get the ball into Morton and Fleming. The ball release was slow allowing Storm to intercept through mid court. Hatley worked hard to try and keep her fast WA out of the game, but the attack of Storm were almost faultless in the first quarter and ended 17-4 up.

Coach Sam Meade had to make changes for Q2. Barclay came on for Pavelin, Satwick into WA, Dix moved to C and Sutherland back to WD. These changes brought a different style of play and seemed to work better against Storm. The defensive duo of Barclay and Oyesola worked tirelessly, giving the shooters less space, communicating and switching well and they started to put pressure on the feeds into the Storm circle, forcing balls off the back line. Turnovers started to be converted, passing through centre court was more accurate and fluent, released more quickly and there were far less unforced errors. Satwick drove out strongly on centre passes allowing Dix to take more pocket balls and present circle edge feeds. An injury to Fleming allowed Kelk on at GS and Morton stepped up a gear offering more options to both Dix and Satwick. Mavericks clawed their way back, losing this quarter by only 1 goal. Half time score 27-13 to Storm.

The only change in Q3 was Pavelin on at WD. This was another well contested quarter, with Barclay picking off high balls into the Storm shooter and timing interceptions and rebounds, Oyesola driving the ball out of defence with Pavelin, and Satwick putting in another very strong quarter, working hard with Dix. The Storm defence made it very hard for Morton, restricting her movement and forcing long shots. Kelk was replaced by Morton half way through the quarter due to another injury, but Storm finished the stronger side 38-19.

Q4 saw Rowley make her debut at GK with Barclay moving up to GD, Hatley back on at WD, Satwick moving to C and Durr on at WA. Storm played a clinical quarter, making few mistakes and the shooters putting in almost 100% shooting stats. Barclay had to be replaced by Oyesola half way through the quarter due to an injury and despite working hard, unforced errors crept in again and Storm finished strongly winning the quarter 18-12. Final score 56-31 to Storm.

The disappointing first quarter made this match almost out of Mavericks reach early on but brave changes in Q2 helped to steady the team.

Player of the Match: Barclay & Satwick

Next Match:  Team Northumbria at home on 26 March.