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25th March 2019

Written by Eleanor Butt - Vice Captain Mavericks Under19s

Mavericks Under 19’s had Round 8 of the NPL at home V Surrey Storm. The squad had been training hard and were ready to take on Storm.

Our starting seven took to court in front of their biggest crowd of the season so far along with the full support of the whole bench.

The line up being GS - Libby Burgess GA - Eleanor Butt WA – Summer Knight C - Bella Baylis WD - Vicky Booth GD - Katie Fisher GK – Aliyah Zaranyika 

The first quarter saw Mavericks slightly unsettled making costly errors struggling to get Centre passes to goal. Very quickly Storm were racking up the goals. Mid way through the quarter Mavs began to put our defensive through court zone into practice. This was now a well contested quarter as the goals started to flow ending 13-18 to Storm. 

The second quarter saw only one change as Abi Watson came in as WA. The intensity and fluidity from Mavs was fantastic all the way through court from turnovers in defence to accurate shooting. Mavs had one run of 3 goals and another of 6 goals showing great tenacity. Watson made great connections through court and was relentless feeding the shooters.   This was clearly our best quarter winning it 18-9 taking the half time score to 31-27 to Mavericks. 

The third quarter saw Storm switch their tall shooters and they came at us hard. Our defence Zaranyika, Fisher & Booth never gave up challenging everything, but Storms long feeds began to turn our lead. Baylis & Watson continued to show speed and change of direction to contest every ball. Storm won the quarter by 7 taking the score to 44-47 to Storm. 

The fourth quarter started with the same intensity and determination from both teams. Storms WA was fearless feeding balls into their tall shooters.  Mavs use of the zone kept the pressure on with successful turnovers.  Shooters Burgess and Butt displayed great understanding and rotation in the circle finishing their shots well. A change in the last 5 minutes bought Jazz Nightingale on as WD who brought fresh legs and determination to shut down Storms WA. Unfortunately, the final score ended 56-64 to Storm.  

Despite not taking the win every player came off the court with their head held high. It was a courageous display of netball and both the coaches and the captains couldn’t have been prouder. 

Congratulations to the Player of the Match Abi Watson whose role in the contested game was undeniable. 

Player of the Match - Abi Watson

Shooting Stats:

Burgess - 82%

Butt - 80%