Captain’s column: We are one crazy family at Herts Mavericks

PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 April 2016

Skipper Layla Guscoth against Yorkshire Jets

Skipper Layla Guscoth against Yorkshire Jets


After another Superleague double header over the past weekend, here Herts Mavericks captain Layla Guscoth writes her sixth exclusive column for the Welwyn Hatfield Times.

Having officially qualified for the playoffs and after an emphatic win against Jets on Monday night, we are really enjoying the business end of the Vitality Netball Superleague this season.

We are also loving the opportunity to get our full squad out on court from our youngest player (George Fisher aged 17) up to our eldest (who I will not call out her age!).

The combination of fresh youth and the utmost experience has been a winning one for us this season so far and a big part of the secret behind our success.

Another overriding secret to our success – although it’s no secret as it’s part of our mantra – is our Mavericks Family.

It may seem trite and just a good hashtag but we really are a family.

A crazy family that probably should not have worked but has clicked better than we ever could have imagined.

We come from around the world, totally different backgrounds and ages and yet we are joined by friendship and the love of the game and the team.

No family would be complete without the people that love you no matter what. That’s our eighth player – the Mavericks crowd.

They push us forward when we need it most and support us no matter what.

I hope we can reward them with a great finish to the business end of season after years of loyal support and following.

I’ve been with Mavericks for six years now. And I have always loved it.

But something is different this year. We all feel it. It’s a confidence that is only growing as the season goes forward.

It’s a desire to do better every week and to do it for each other.

It’s pushing us forward and I think everyone is feeling it. From players to staff and supporters, it’s an incredible feeling.

We are not over-confident but we believe we can do it and when everyone else believes it too – it’s a good place to be.


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