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NPL Match Report: Yorkshire Jets Take the Win

7th April 2016

Game Six of the season and Mavericks NPL travelled to Sheffield to play Yorkshire Jets NPL.  On the back of their impressive win the week before against Team Northumbria NPL, the squad were keen to bag another victory.  The team were still missing injured vice-captain Morton.

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

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

Mavericks failed to settle in the first quarter and Jets took full advantage taking a 6-2 lead.  Mavericks allowed their opponents too much space, not marking tightly enough and wasted centre passes.  Dix and Satwick forced feeds into the shooters, and Parker’s experienced GK made her holding position ineffective.  Fleming worked hard to move the ball around the circle, but the ball release throughout the court was too slow and Jets picked up interceptions in all areas.  Their tall C gave Dix difficulties putting pocket balls into Satwick, and she make a number of tips and interceptions on the edge of the circle.  Pavelin and Everitt were struggling to contain the very tall GS, and the Jets GA with her quick movement gave them plenty of shooting opportunities.  Half way through the quarter, the team settled a little but found themselves 16-9 down at the end of the first 15 minutes.

One change going into Q2 saw Durr on at WA for Satwick.  Mavericks pulled back the deficit in this quarter, but were still making too many unforced errors.  The Jets WA was giving Hatley problems with her pace, and although Pavelin and Everitt made a number of turnovers, these weren’t always converted.   Coach Meade could be heard on the side-lines calling “circle edge” to Durr and Dix, trying to find the fluency to Parker and Fleming from the previous game.  Fleming sunk some impressive shots from far out in the shooting circle and Mavericks turned two Jets centres towards the end of the quarter, bringing the score line closer 27-22 to Jets.

Changes in Q3 saw Gregory on at C and Dix moving up to WA.  Mavericks immediately started to put pressure on Jets and turned two centres early on closing the gap to 3 goals.  But the team couldn’t break the fast pace in centre court of Jets and although Parker and Fleming shot at 100% in this quarter, their opportunities were again limited.  Pavelin and Everitt worked hard in the circle with Pavelin picking off the predictable high feeds into the Jets GS and hunting the ball out of the circle.  Pretty much goal for goal but with Jets capitalising on turnovers in centre court, they stretched their lead again finishing the quarter 40-34 up.

No changes in Q4.  Mavericks showed some fight early on in the quarter, pulling back again to within 4 but they couldn’t sustain it and Jets looked the stronger and faster side.  They had a run of 6 goals towards the end of the game and Jets took the win 51-43.

A disappointing result for Mavericks, particularly as they recorded an impressive win against Jets last season.  The squad need to ensure consistency for their last 3 games to guarantee a mid-table finish.

Player of the Match - Fleming

Next match, Team Bath at Oaklands on Saturday 9 April.