Captain's column: Netball all the way now medical exams have been passed

PUBLISHED: 12:58 31 March 2016

Layla Guscoth

Layla Guscoth

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With a trip to leaders Manchester Thunder on Saturday, here Herts Mavericks captain Layla Guscoth writes her fifth exclusive column for the Welwyn Hatfield Times.

Finally! After nearly three weeks off - netball has returned!

For me, it has been a whirlwind netball-free few weeks after sitting and passing my final medical school exams (huge sigh of relief)!

I would like to thank Hertfordshire Mavericks for all their continued support but also the entire netballing community for the encouraging words and kind messages - it has all been greatly appreciated.

Easter weekend brought netball back with a bang, instead of feasting on eggs we faced two competitive games within 48 hours.

Wins over Team Northumbria and Loughborough Lightning leave us still hot on the heels of table-topping Manchester Thunder, who we face this Saturday away from home.

Having had a busy few weeks, I am now looking forward to just being able to focus solely on the closing stages of the Netball Superleague and trying to grab a place in the Grand Final.

As athletes we reflect on what inspires us in our sport quite frequently.

I feel very lucky to have been able to combine studying to be a doctor and playing elite netball for the past six years and I hope that for anybody reading this, it can show that you don’t have to choose between your sporting and career dreams, if you want to do both then it is all possible with a little bit of hard work and motivation!

Lastly, if anyone feels like catching a spot of netball you can watch this Saturday’s match v Thunder on the LiveStream or tune in to Sky Sports on April 4 at 7.45pm where you will see Hertfordshire Mavericks take on Yorkshire Jets at Hertfordshire Sports Village.

It promises to be a thrilling encounter in what has shaped up to be an exciting and unpredictable league so far.

Layla

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