Mavericks Captain’s Column: We kept our cool in Team Northumbria opener

PUBLISHED: 11:55 24 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:00 24 February 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 as the new Vitality Netball Superleague commenced on Friday night.

The 2017 season is here! We can finally say goodbye to pre-season and hello to the new Vitality Netball Superleague.

I have the pleasure of being co-captain this year, alongside Vicklyn Joseph for the season.

This year we have seen three new teams enter the league to go from eight to 10 [Yorkshire Jets withdrew from the league at the end of last season]. This means we have a staggering 18 matches and a potential of 20 if we make the final.

We had a fantastic first game as we beat Newcastle-based side Team Northumbria.

We always knew it would be a difficult game. Our northern rivals have had a large influx of new players, especially from New Zealand, where the level of netball is exceptionally high.

All of the Mavericks performed well and we kept our cool to win the game.

It was a great way to celebrate Zara Everitt and Razia Quashie’s first games for Mavericks and their first game in the Vitality Superleague.

This year we are looking a little different with some new faces entering the squad.

As a team our average age is 23, with five of the team even younger but what they lack in age they make up for in talent, with all five part of the England age-group set-up.

This is an exciting year for Mavericks as we are building the future of netball, exposing young players to the high level of Superleague. With so many players now coming over from other countries we are really starting to see the level of the Superleague rise.

This year you can expect to see more closely-contested matches and more extra time as we are not allowed to draw.

Pre-season has been a long one with selection back in October.

The players are prepared and ready to perform this season and we have started our mission well.

We believe that we can make it into the top four this year and hopefully take it all the way to the finals.

Mavericks have finished top four in 10 of the 11 years Superleague has been running so we’re confident we can do it again.

For now it’s Team Bath on Saturday so we’re focussed on that.

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