Corbin fires stark warning to rest of league as ‘unfinished’ Mavericks seal impressive win
PUBLISHED: 07:54 27 January 2019
Sasha Corbin issued a stark and worrying message for the rest of the Vitality Netball Superleague after Saracens Maverick’s hugely impressive 64-51 win over Loughborough Lightning – “we are nowhere near the finished article”.
The score alone over last year’s runners-up would have sent shockwaves around the rest of the league but it was the manner of the performance that was the most impressive.
Mavericks were ahead on the scoreboard from the very first whistle to the last, and barring a small blip in the second half, they were relatively untroubled.
And when Loughborough did threaten an unlikely comeback in the fourth quarter, the Saracens side simply upped their performance even more, playing some of their best netball in the contest.
And skipper Corbin says that can only bode well for the rest of the season.
She said: “It clicked for us. We managed to stay connected and were able to look at each other and get the communication going.
“It’s something we are going to have to work on this season but that really helped.
“I’m glad we were able to get over the line because they are a good team.
“I’d like to think we’re a force to be reckoned with but all the teams are.
“For us it’s just about building one game at a time because we are nowhere near the finished article.
“There is so much potential in this team and I just want to see us grow and come on top in every game.
“One game at a time but we are aiming for that top four for sure.”
The victory was the Mavericks second in a row following an opening day defeat to Manchester Thunder in the Super 10s.
It was also their first home game of the year and their delayed appearance at Hertfordshire Sports Village, coupled with the eve-of-season announcement of their link-up with Saracens, brought a high-level of anticipation and excitement to the sold-out crowd.
And Corbin felt that helped pulled them through.
She said: “It feels good to be at home and have that support, we could really hear them.
“We started well but we just got a little bit lost in the third quarter. It was a bit physical but I am really pleased we were able to overcome that.”