Mavericks fall to the Storm at Copper Box

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:08 14 March 2017

Herts Mavericks on the attack against Surrey Storm at the Copper Box Arena

Herts Mavericks on the attack against Surrey Storm at the Copper Box Arena

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Herts Mavericks fell to a third loss from four Netball Superleague games on Saturday.

Almost 6,000 fans headed to the Copper Box Arena for the London Live clash which saw hosts Surrey Storm triumph 67-45.

The defending Superleague champions, who currently top the table with four wins from four games, were in fine form.

Storm lined up with former Mavericks Mikki Austin and Naida Hutchinson in their ranks and the duo were influential.

Austin was to be named player of the match for her fine display at centre, while Hutchinson was impressive at goalkeeper.

Storm started strongly and soon went 7-2 up and took the first quarter 15-11.

The second quarter saw Mavericks pull the score back and close the gap to just a point at one stage, however Storm responded to lead 31-23 at half-time.

A dominant third quarter really put Storm in the driving seat.

They stretched ahead to 52-34 to put the match beyond their visitors and they wrapped up the win by taking the final period 15-11 to take the 67-45 win.

For the new-look Mavericks, who fielded two debutants on the night in youngsters Sophie Drakeford-Lewis and Halimat Adio, it was a game which will have given them great experience for the campaign ahead.

Mavericks return to the home comforts of the Herts Sports Village in Hatfield on Saturday as they look to get back to winning ways as they face Celtic Dragons.

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