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MATCH REPORT | SARACENS MAVERICKS 58 - 44 SEVERN STARS

28th April 2022

 

An impressive day one display between two flair full teams saw Saracens Mavericks pushed but eventually dim Severn Stars.
Fans were almost treated to a clash of the Ferns when Stars’ Cat Tuivaiti & Mavericks’ Temalisi Fakahokotau hit the court just moments after each other.
The Spring Showdown at the World Resorts Arena, Birmingham kicked off its final game of the day with a Mavericks centre pass and a Britney Clarke goal on the board.
The crowd were treated to plenty of tricks with no-look passes and all the show-woman-ship but with just as many tricks that didn’t come off, it was a back & forth quarter that ended 13-8 in Mavericks favour.
The next 15 minutes had all the ingredients of a spicy fruitcake. The flavour and variety in the Black & Reds attack were unstoppable with the combination of Beth Ecuyer-Dale, Britney Clarke, Sasha & Kadeen Corbin.
The Hertfordshire side's counter-attack transitions were like a hot knife through butter and whilst Clarke was sinking the goals under the pos,t it was the architectural work of Kadeen Corbin outside the circle that kept the Stars defence guessing.
With the small task of trying to keep quiet two of New Zealand’s best in Tuivaiti and Leota, Mavericks’ back unit of Raz Quashie, Jodie Gibson & Aliyah Zaranyika had their work cut out for them.
It was frightening to watch this trio unfold with interceptions being won that had no right to be won, a combination of flys, back & ups and switches that were reminiscent of international standard.
No changes for Stars going into the third quarter with Dyke, Reed & Leota getting another shot at servicing fan favourite Tuivaiti.
It was the leading team with a single change and Gabby Marshall entered into the centre position replacing Ecuyer-Dale.
The momentum continued in Mavericks’ favour and with minutes to go towards the end of the 15mins the Black & Reds injected Chloe Essam into Goal Attack
Mavericks took the quarter by two goals as it finished 46-32.
The final quarter saw changes to the WA bib with Georgia Less and Yasmin Hodge-England at GS coming in to showcase the depth of the Mavericks’ side but it was the long-awaited debut of Temalisi Fakahokotau who stole the show.
The final quarter was goal for goal but Mavericks came out on top with a respectable 58-44 scoreline.

An impressive day one display between two flair full teams saw Saracens Mavericks pushed but eventually dim Severn Stars.

Fans were almost treated to a clash of the Ferns when Stars’ Cat Tuivaiti & Mavericks’ Temalisi Fakahokotau hit the court just moments after each other.

The Spring Showdown at the World Resorts Arena, Birmingham kicked off its final game of the day with a Mavericks centre pass and a Britney Clarke goal on the board.

The crowd were treated to plenty of tricks with no-look passes and all the show-woman-ship but with just as many tricks that didn’t come off, it was a back & forth quarter that ended 13-8 in Mavericks favour.

The next 15 minutes had all the ingredients of a spicy fruitcake. The flavour and variety in the Black & Reds attack were unstoppable with the combination of Beth Ecuyer-Dale, Britney Clarke, Sasha & Kadeen Corbin.

The Hertfordshire side's counter-attack transitions were like a hot knife through butter and whilst Clarke was sinking the goals under the pos,t it was the architectural work of Kadeen Corbin outside the circle that kept the Stars defence guessing.

With the small task of trying to keep quiet two of New Zealand’s best in Tuivaiti and Leota, Mavericks’ back unit of Raz Quashie, Jodie Gibson & Aliyah Zaranyika had their work cut out for them.

It was frightening to watch this trio unfold with interceptions being won that had no right to be won, a combination of flys, back & ups and switches that were reminiscent of international standard.

No changes for Stars going into the third quarter with Dyke, Reed & Leota getting another shot at servicing fan favourite Tuivaiti.

It was the leading team with a single change and Gabby Marshall entered into the centre position replacing Ecuyer-Dale.

The momentum continued in Mavericks’ favour and with minutes to go towards the end of the 15mins the Black & Reds injected Chloe Essam into Goal Attack

Mavericks took the quarter by two goals as it finished 46-32.

The final quarter saw changes to the WA bib with Georgia Lees and Yasmin Hodge-England at GS coming in to showcase the depth of the Mavericks’ side but it was the long-awaited debut of Temalisi Fakahokotau who stole the show.

The final quarter was goal for goal but Mavericks came out on top with a respectable 58-44 scoreline.

Photo Credit : Morgan Harlow