Co-captains’ column: Herts Mavericks’ Lindsay Keable on the small margins of victory and defeat

PUBLISHED: 15:04 06 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:07 06 April 2017

Hertfordshire Mavericks co-captain Lindsay Keable

Hertfordshire Mavericks co-captain Lindsay Keable

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This week has been all about focusing on the small improvements needed to change the tight losses into wins.

Round 6 v Loughborough ended in a loss that was hard to take since we led for so much of the game.

As netball is a game of equal possession, starting well is crucial for a good team performance.

In previous years, games have been won or lost due to mind set at the beginning of a match, how you cling on to a lead or push on and punish a team.

Our game last week showed how we need to learn to punish teams for their mistakes and push on for a bigger lead.

So that has been our focus this week.

Moving onto our next game against Manchester Thunder we needed to take the good stuff from round 6 and get the result we deserved in round 7.

As we are reaching half way in the season, we have to keep the gap between us and the top team as small as possible.

It’s a crucial time for us and we have to finish as well as we have started!

So we arrived in Manchester confident that we could do what was needed as a team and bring home the win.

It looked like that really might happen as we started incredibly strongly and stunned the home crowd to quickly move to a 7-2 lead during the first quarter.

We maintained a lead right through to half-time but sadly were not able to see that all the way through to the final whistle.

Again a game that was physical, tough and mentally draining for both sides ended with us just not being able to quite maintain our advantage through the full sixty minutes.

So now, we must reflect, learn and move forward.

It’s great to have hard contested matches every week.

I think it has definitely stepped up from previous years. But we must find a way as a team to maintain the fantastic starts we are making right through the match.

Lots to work on this week with only a few days until our next match – at home on Saturday to Severn Stars.

We look forward to seeing all of our loyal supporters there and to providing them with the win they rightly deserve to see.

Lindsay Keable

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