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U19S MATCH REPORTS | NPL PLAYOFF WEEKEND

19th April 2022

A great weekend to sum up a great year for Saracens Mavericks u19s. We travelled down on Friday evening and after a quick team meeting, it was time to get ready for the weekend ahead and head to sleep.

Match vs Netball North East

Our last league game came with a fair amount of pressure as we knew we had to win to gain a bronze medal in the NPL. After a slow start, we found our groove and kept extending our league thanks to some magic movement by Maddie in attack and top-notch defence from the duo at the back- Jo and Tori. The three took the honours of coaches’ player, players player and oppositions player respectively as they well and truly deserved. Final score 56-37

The wait was now on. Who was going to place 3rd, us, or Surrey Storm? WOOHOO! We came out on top due to goal average to gain our bronze medal for the year. This result also meant we then faced Wasps Netball in the 2nd vs 3rd place semi-final in the playoffs.

Match vs Wasps Netball

Semi-final time!! After a closely contested match in the league, this semi was shaping up to be a great match. However, Wasps came out firing and quickly took control of the game. The chance of a place in the final was slowly slipping away but we still had time for a Mavericks debut as Bella took to court. Alyssa was on fire at GK, turning ball after ball and thoroughly deserved both oppositions and players player. Josie went down injured with 10 seconds of the 3rd quarter to go with a calf strain meaning she wouldn’t be returning to court for the remainder of the weekend- but she did manage to secure coaches player before having to take to the side-lines. Final score 38-66

We were now in the playoff for 3rd position and had the chance to take home another bronze medal. But first, time to present our league medals- and doing the honours was Kathryn Ratnapala who made the journey after a great win from the VNSL squad. We enjoyed a pizza party whilst sharing our highlights from the first day before collapsing in our beds for some well-earned sleep.

Match vs Surrey Storm

Final match of the year for our group, so we wanted to make it count. But Storm had the same idea and executed skills sublimely playing lovely netball and thoroughly deserving the win and the bronze medal in the playoffs. Despite the loss, Mavericks had played some amazing netball, led by Bella in the middle who ended up taking home the final opposition's player award and jointly gaining the players player award. She shared this award with Daisy who stepped up a gear in the second half, sending in some exceptional feeds to the superb Tianna under the post. Onyinye was relentless at GD shutting down her player extremely well- the coaches decided that she highly deserved the final coaches player of the weekend.

Zoe worked tirelessly all weekend in the mid court feeding some delightful balls to our shooters and doing some lovely movements in attack. Phoebe’s patience and 2nd phase drives were a pleasure to watch and Monika’s speed in the middle remained throughout. Makeda was as springy as ever, but it was Tori’s consistency in her ability to turn ball over which meant she walked away as our Mavericks player of the tournament and deserved it so much!

We’ve had a great year and would like to say a quick thank you to all our coaches, team manager, physio supports, all the officials that have helped our games run smoothly, Annette for all her outstanding photographs throughout the season and to England netball for everything they’ve done this year. We have had a great season and I truly believe a big factor of our success is the genuine friendship and love our group shares. It’s been an amazing year captaining this side and I can’t finish without mentioning that I only lost the toss to one team in the entire season.

Written by Josie Groves - U19 Captain 


'Thank you to everyone who has supported this group, coaches, Lisa and katy. Team manager Tina. S&C coaches Mike & Kaele and all the parents.' 

'This weekend we finished the season off with another win. Finishing 3rd in the NPL and taking home medals. The squad were so chuffed, and this created the atmosphere for the rest of the weekend play off fixtures Thank you to the players that trained hard and committed so hard to the task and the parents who supported them all through this season.' 

'Thank you to Sachel & all the pathway coaches that are creating these amazing players we have in our age group squads.' 

'This season was just amazing.' Tricia Kilczynski - U19 Head Coach