Frustration for Mavericks against Surrey Storm ahead of Manchester Thunder showdown

PUBLISHED: 12:02 25 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:02 25 April 2016

Herts Mavericks coach Sam Bird (centre) on the bench

Herts Mavericks coach Sam Bird (centre) on the bench

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Mavericks head coach Sam Bird and goal attack Ella Clark spoke of their frustrations after letting a lead, held for three quarters of the game, slip in the 52-48 Netball Superleague loss to Surrey Storm in Hatfield at the weekend.

Bird saw her side start well at the Herts Sports Village with two positive quarters handing them a 28-23 half-time lead.

However, Storm pulled back to within two points (39-37) at the end of the third period before bulldozing their way to victory in the last quarter.

Bird, whose Mavericks face Manchester Thunder away tonight [Monday] looking for a win to earn a home play-off semi-final place on Saturday, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It was a really frustrating game for us.

“We had a great start; I was really pleased with our attacking work in the first quarter, it was all stuck to task, all put out the game plan and executed really well.

“Storm made one change [at half-time], but that shouldn’t really have derailed us, but then we started to be a little ill disciplined.

“We had talked about working hard to shake the player off before we came for the ball, which we did to start with and then that faded.

“Then I felt we didn’t keep the momentum going when we were winning and should have been more ruthless, cranked up the score when we were doing well and just let it fade away which was frustration.”

Bird felt her side should have focussed on their own game rather than get involved with their opponents.

“Storm like a tetchy game and we should have risen above that and stuck to take and not get emotionally involved,” she added.

“Storm have a shooter that likes loads of theatricals and we got involved in all that nonsense and we should have really just stuck to what we can do and what we do well.”

Mavericks attacker Clark added: “We started really strong and they didn’t really have a thing.

“I feel like they adjusted and we didn’t adjust with them.

“We had the stamina, we were there, but we weren’t smart enough at the end of the game and we were frustrated with the ending.”


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