9th March 2017
Following on from a narrow loss against Bath, Mavericks were keen to get back to winning ways, whoever the opposition. After an emotional minute silence in memory of Silver Fern Tania Dalton, the players gathered together and composed themselves for the first quarter.
After some stop starting of the quarter, thanks to contact calls and lost balls behind curtains, it was obvious this was going to be a thrilling game. Morgan-Smith, Grant & Neale finding space in attack to thread the ball through some precision play with speed and flair. Player for player, there was nothing separating either team and after the first quarter finishing down by 1, Mavericks knew it was all to play for. End of Q1 Wasps led 13-12
Quarter 2 with no changes from either team, Co Captain Joseph showed some excellent resilience, strength and grip holding onto countless balls flying into the circle. Artman & Keable were able to apply more pressure in the shooting circle and were able to gain further intercepts and turnovers for the shooters to convert. The quarter saw a run of goals for one team and then a run of goals for the other, neither team able to pull away and bridge the gap. As the teams went into half time Wasps maintained their 1 goal advantage with the score at 23-24.
Quarter 3 saw changes for the Wasps side more experienced players taking to court to try and push away from this testing Mavericks side. Quashie come on to GK for Mavericks who started to apply more and more pressure on the Wasps attacking circle. Applying full team attack and team defence, Mavericks worked hard to support each other on all areas of the court. At the end of Q3 the score remained agonizingly close with Wasps leading by 39-37. The match was set for a huge final quarter with the noise inside the arena hitting fever pitch as over 2000 supporters were making their voices heard.
Quarter 4 underway and Drayne entered onto the court at C and quickly found her feet and Joseph in the circle, a great impact from the bench and some well needed fresh legs to keep the energy levels up in the middle of the court. Going goal for goal for a while, Mavericks looked calm and comfortable on the ball, working it together patiently to goal before Wasps managed to pull a 4 goal difference in the final stages of the game. Final score Wasps 51- Mavs 47.
This was a tough loss but the grit, resilience and tenacity from the Hertfordshire Mavericks players to continue to fight until that final whistle was evident, lots of positives to take and we are excited for our next game vs Surrey Storm at the Copperbox on March 11th