benecosMavericks get Vitality Netball Superleague season off to a flyer with Celtic Dragons win

PUBLISHED: 09:25 13 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:26 13 February 2018

benecosMavericks Netball head coach Kat Ratnapala. Picture: DANNY LOO

benecosMavericks Netball head coach Kat Ratnapala. Picture: DANNY LOO

Danny Loo Photography 2016

Hertfordshire’s benecosMavericks got their Vitality Netball Superleague season off to a flying start with a 61-49 win away to Celtic Dragons.

benecosMavericks started the new season with a big win at Celtic Dragons. Picture: KARYN HADDONbenecosMavericks started the new season with a big win at Celtic Dragons. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Karyn Bailey’s 96 per cent shooting stats gave her the player of the match award as the Mavs dominated the encounter in Cardiff.

They led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter but a sparkling second period saw them go in at half-time 32-18 ahead.

The second half was much more even but the damage had been done.

Mavericks head coach Kathryn Ratnapala had said before the game that the team expect to be “strong contenders” this season and this performance will have done nothing to discount that.

Their next game is on Monday night when they host old rivals Surrey Storm at the Hertfordshire Sports Village at 7.30pm.

Storm had a tough start to their campaign, losing 68-43 to Wasps Netball.

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