Captain’s column: We will not dwell on Superleague loss to Team Bath but learn from it to come back stronger

PUBLISHED: 14:06 21 April 2016 | UPDATED: 14:06 21 April 2016

Layla Guscoth

Layla Guscoth


Herts Mavericks captain Layla Guscoth writes about the pain of defeat exclusively in her weekly Welwyn Hatfield Times column.

Saturday brought about a game against Team Bath, sitting fourth in the league, a team we had convincingly beaten by 14 goals in the earlier stages of the competition.

We knew there was an opportunity for us to seal a home semi-final in a couple of weeks’ time. We understood the importance of this game and with a good week of training were hopeful we could execute a good performance to take the win.

It was close encounter and a physical encounter with both teams placing their bodies on the line to try and steal the ball for their teams to try and seal another three points.

No team managed to get more than five goals ahead and the momentum shifted to and fro. Warnings and cautions were served as the desperation of players came out in frustration and challenges.

With 30 seconds left, Team Bath stole possession to equalise taking the game into unknown territory of extra-time.

Due to a new ruling this season, no Superleague game can finish without a result, so after a short team talk we stepped back out to play a further 14 minutes of extra time. Like most of the game the momentum shifted extensively and we found ourselves three goals down with 90 seconds to play.

Despite two quick goals, there wasn’t enough time for us to get another and after 74 minutes of netball, Team Bath emerged as victors.

Many people have since told me it was a great game to watch and I am sure for a neutral it must have been great to be part of the first extra-time game. But being a competitor the disappointment of such a defeat and no points to show from the hard graft and bruises of a hotly contested game can be hard to take.

I have been lucky this season at Mavericks; we have emerged victors in the majority of games, but it is as, if not more, important to analyse losses as wins and it will be essential for us to analyse where at critical points we allowed the game to slip out of our reach.

This loss puts emphasis on our remaining games with Surrey Storm and a replay against Manchester Thunder. One win out of the two will guarantee us a home semi-final and as we gear up to face Surrey Storm this weekend.

We will not dwell on this loss - we will analyse, we will learn, and we will move on. Ready to put ourselves on the line for one another again and take the win at home to Surrey Storm on Saturday.


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