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U21S MATCH REPORT | SARACENS MAVERICKS 62 - 60 LEEDS RHINOS

21st March 2022

In today’s game each individual that took to the court stepped up tremendously. We were  missing a few of our players but that did not phase us. 

There were some new combinations out on court which gelled so nicely. At some points we did get a bit stuck in the attacking third but we had our amazing defence on the third line for back up which opened up the court. It was a tough battle between the two teams where each quarter there was only a few goals in it. As a squad we dug deep and continued to fight harder, push ahead and not let our heads drop. Not to mention the loud and energetic spectators that really helped us stay motivated. 

Leeds did an incredible job making things difficult for us with their quick attack and strong defence, but we managed to stay calm and play our own trusted Mavs game. 

We had minor changes in Q3 with Sophia moving to C and Naomi coming in at GD. These two had an amazing impact which changed the dynamic of the game with their quickness throughout the court. We finished that quarter 44-46. 

We knew now that we had to give it our all as we were just 1 turn over away from us leading the game. In Q4 we had Sophia back at WD Amy moved to GK Tayla to C and Ellie to WA. These changes helped us dominate the final quarter with the fluid through court and tight on defence. The final change with a few minutes to go was Kelsey coming back on at WA and Ellie moving to C. We kept our composure and worked the ball around in the shooting circle until Libby and Pippa we comfortable to shoot and ended the game 62-60. 

There were a lot of positives from this game which we have all taken but there are also a few work ons to help improve our overall performance. As captain today I am so proud of each and every individual for giving it their all and can’t wait for our next game against Wasps.

The quarter scores:

Q1- 15-16

Q2- 28-31

Q3- 44-46

Q4- 62-60

Starting 7: GS: Libby Burgess GA: Pippa Dixon (captain) WA: Kelsey Bashford C: Ellie Oswick WD: Sophia Pawlaczek GD: Amy Howell (vice captain) GK: Sam Harding

Bench: Leila Allen, Naomi Allen, Ziana Butt, Helaina Hudson & Tayla Wright-Brown

Players of the Match : Opposition - Pippa Players / Players Player - Amy / Coaches Players - Kelsey & Sophia 

Written by Pippa Dixon U21 acting Captain