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Match Report: Mavericks U21s V Wasps U21s

21st April 2017

Starting 7 - Parker, Rothwell, Cadogan, Ecyer-Dale, Odeogberin, Rattu & Adio

On the back of the  U21 match vs Bath on Friday, the squad were keen to continue their winning streak vs Wasps. Having 3 Superleague players in the Wasps U21 side, Ratnapala knew this was going to be a difficult task ahead, however was confident that if the squad stuck to task and trusted each other on court, that they could get the 3rd win they were looking for this season in front of a home crowd.

After a sluggish start from the home side, the opposition was showing their wealth of experience throughout the court and despite Mavericks best efforts, they struggled to find a clear route to goall.  Going 18-9 down in the first quarter, with 8 unforced errors, it was a big blow for the home side and with changes in the 2nd quarter, University of Hertfordshire's Laura True entered the court at WA.

The young Mavericks side worked hard to get back into the game, showing much better fluidity and confidence in attack, with defence doing a much better job on their players and getting more turnover opportunities for us to score from. Loosing the quarter by 1, Mavericks were still 10 goals down but it was a much improved quarter to build from.

Wheeler entered the 3rd quarter at C, with Ecyer-Dale moving to WD however with 13 unforced errors in the quarter, Mavericks were not able to capitalise or close the gap between Wasps and the lead extended to 32 - 47 going into the final quarter.

Ecyer-Dale moved back into C, Rattu moved to WD and Odeogberin came from the bench to move to GD and Kelk entering the court to replace Parker at GS shooting 2/2. With both sides showing excellent defensive pressure meant the final quarter score was 9-12, with the final score 41 - 58.

Ratnapala was disappointed after the game adding “It was a tough physical match out there today, it showed our lack of experience and lack of time together on court, so full credit to Wasps who were a very experienced and well gelled team. I was pleased with the amount of ball we turned over against them, however we needed to have more opportunities at goal to make the hard work count. This team is continuing to grow and for the short amount of time we’ve had together, am pleased with parts of the performances they are putting out on court. With more time together and exposure, we will be up there fighting with the best teams in this league.”

Mavericks POTM Phoebe Parker scoring 91%.

Next up Mavericks face Team Northumbria U21s away and the team are keen to get back to winning ways.