First win of season for Hertfordshire Mavericks

PUBLISHED: 13:09 03 February 2011 | UPDATED: 13:39 03 February 2011

Herts Mavericks on the attack with Karen Atkinson

Herts Mavericks on the attack with Karen Atkinson

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HEAD Hertfordshire Mavericks coach Maggie Jackson was delighted to secure a 60-40 victory over Leeds Carnegie with a packed home crowd cheering her side on in Hatfield on Monday.

Louisa Brownfield stretches for the ball. Pictures by Kevin Jones.

Mavericks claimed a 20-point triumph to chalk up their opening win of the Fiat Netball Superleague campaign.

Speaking on court after the game Jackson said: “It was nice to get the first win in front of a noisy full-house in a great atmosphere.”

A sold-out crowd of around 550 cheered the home side all the way to victory.

The coach, who led England to Commonwealth Games bronze in October, said: “I’m really, really pleased.

“I think we should have really been even further ahead, but Leeds gave us a good game and I got the opportunity to shift my squad around a little bit so that pleased me as well.

“We needed to have some of the experienced players out there to begin with and then we started pulling away.

“All credit to Leeds for what they did at the beginning I think they did jolly well.

“We started to pull away and I still think we should have won by 35.”

All the Mavericks focus now shifts to the next seven days, during which time they face two stern away fixtures.

“We play Loughborough Lightning and Surrey Storm next week.

“They will be two hard games so we will just keep tinkering with the squad and make sure we don’t muck up.”

Mavericks captain Louisa Brownfield, who scored 27 from 33 attempts, added: “It was great to see everyone out there today and playing in different formations and it’s also nice to see the combinations working.

“It just proves once again that Mavericks have a lot of depth and can swap and change and it still works.”


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