Captain’s column: Herts Mavericks’ Vicklyn Joseph discusses London Live

PUBLISHED: 10:12 16 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:16 16 March 2017

Herts Mavericks co-captain Vicklyn Joseph

Herts Mavericks co-captain Vicklyn Joseph

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Vicklyn Joseph, co-captain of Herts Mavericks Netball Superleague team, talks to us about playing in front of more than 5,000 fans at the weekend.

This past week has been all about preparation for Netball London Live. For those that don’t know about Netball London Live, it is an annual game between Herts Mavericks and our local rivals Surrey Storm, the reigning champions from last season.

London Live is always a great event, and this year nearly 6,000 fans descended on the Copper Box to watch what always promises to be a feisty and passionate exchange.

Having won this for the first time last year we were eager to repeat this success and bring the overall tally to two matches all.

We had lost our last two Superleague matches in incredibly close contests and we felt that we had a good chance of taking the win. Unfortunately, it was not to be.

The match was as physical and energetic as we expected, but Surrey Storm were able to take the win.

Whilst there was much to be disappointed about with this loss there was also lots to be excited about.

We’ve spoken a lot about how important it is to us as a team to develop young talent and we have plenty of it in our squad.

It was fantastic to see the final two members of our squad make their debuts on Saturday - Halimat Adio and Sophie Drakeford-Lewis.

Both of them took to court at intense periods of the game and they did not falter. Sophie’s shooting was on point and Hali was ferocious in defence.

Those of us who have a few more years’ experience are in awe of the way in which all of our young team-mates have taken to the league.

It’s a huge deal to play in front of these large audiences, on TV and at this level and they have all performed brilliantly.

Next up we face Celtic Dragons at home on Saturday (March 18).

After three straight defeats, it would be easy to think our heads are down but this is not the case.

We’ve reflected, we’ve learnt and we are ready to show the Superleague what we are capable of with a big win this weekend.

We hope that you are able to join us at the match!

Vicklyn Joseph

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