Captain’s Column: Lindsay Keable on Mavericks being part of Wasps club history

PUBLISHED: 17:01 09 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:01 09 March 2017

Hertfordshire Mavericks co-captain Lindsay Keable

Hertfordshire Mavericks co-captain Lindsay Keable

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Herts Mavericks co-captain Lindsay Keable shares her thoughts with the Welwyn Hatfield Times after the Vitality Netball Superleague loss to Wasps.

The third round of the Vitality Netball Superleague 2017 has been the focus of this last week and it was an historic occasion for Wasps playing their first ever home match.

We were the first away team to play at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Our opponents put on a great show with home advantage being taken to a new level, the Ricoh Arena size highlighted where we all wish Netball in England to reach.

It’s difficult not to let the moment overwhelm you, especially when you walk out into a well organised machine with 5,000 seats, flashing lights and fanzones everywhere.

Many of our girls have not had the opportunity to play in such large venues. This is when you have to really focus on the job at hand, stick to game plan and just realise it is just another game of netball.

We knew that Wasps were out to sting their first home opponents, but we were ready and I truly believe we stepped up from our last match against TeamBath and dominated from the first whistle.

The game started well with us only trailing by one goal at the end of the first quarter.

The starting seven had a fresh and new look and took the game to Wasps. We started solidly, with strong shooting from Ashleigh Neal and Vicklyn Joseph. The defence continued to dominate the experienced attack of Wasps and Hertfordshire Mavericks kept the deficit to only one at half-time.

With an injection of Razia Quaishe at GK, in Q3 we still looked like we could take the game.

We managed to get a one-goal lead, but felt the pressure and allowed Wasps to regain a two-goal lead.

The final quarter saw Michelle Drayne enter the court at centre.

Her calmness and composure was clear to see and helped us to keep within two on the scoreline.

We fought until the end and made sure Wasps didn’t pull away with a large lead. To lose by four is heartbreaking as we were so close, but I think Wasps were not prepared for the battle we gave.

Losing is never a fun experience but in the aftermath of a loss, the amount of lessons that can be learned is never ending. Reflection and analysis can only make you a better player and athlete.

This was a tough game to swallow but I feel sorry for Surrey Storm on Saturday as Mavericks are fired up and hope to remain on top at the Copper Box.

Lindsay Keable

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