Gallery: Mavericks move up to third after Northumbria victory

PUBLISHED: 15:18 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:09 26 October 2009

Louisa Brownfield aims to shoot for the Mavericks

Louisa Brownfield aims to shoot for the Mavericks

Co-operative Netball Superleague galleria Mavericks 45 Team Northumbria 36 MAVERICKS moved up to third in the Superleague table with a 45-36 victory over Team Northumbria in Hatfield on Saturday. It was the hosts who took an early lead and were never cau

Mavericks in action at their Hatfield home

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galleria Mavericks 45 Team Northumbria 36

MAVERICKS moved up to third in the Superleague table with a 45-36 victory over Team Northumbria in Hatfield on Saturday.

It was the hosts who took an early lead and were never caught across the hour.

They started the game better than Team Northumbria, however both teams made unforced errors.

Mavericks relied on their England star Louisa Brownfield who linked with Ella Clark in the shooting circle and showed composure when needed.

The galleria Mavericks could have gone into the first break ahead by more, had centre court Chrissy Fitzgerald and Chioma Ezeogu found their range earlier.

As it was the score at the first break was 11-8 to the galleria Mavericks at the University of Herts. Again the hosts started strongly in the second quarter.

Gemma Wiseman came from the bench to goal attack with Lousisa Brownfield slipping back to the more familiar goal shooter.

Although the home side had their noses in front throughout, it was strong shooting from Aussie goal shooter Carla Dziwoki that kept Team Northumbria in the game.

Dziwoki's shooting is a great strength of Team Northumbria as is the mid-court working of the ball around the circle edge to effectively feed both Dziwoki and goal attack Vicky Phillips.

Nevertheless anything that was missed was quickly snapped up by Naida Hutchinson and Hazel Schofield.

At half-time the Mavericks remained ahead 24-18.

The third quarter saw changes for Mavericks; Chioma Ezeogu moved from wing attack to centre, Gemma Wiseman to wing attack and Michelle Hall sliding in at goal attack.

Natalie Seaton joined the defensive unit at goal defence.

This combination worked hard ensuring that the galleria Mavericks extended their lead by 10 goals at three quarter time, 37-27.

In the fourth quarter the hosts re-introduced Ella Clark in place of Lousia Brownfield and a fine job she did too.

Team Northumbria also made changes.

They moved the effective and accurate Dziwoki to goal attack, bringing tall goal shooter Emma Lower into the action for the first time in an attempt to close the gap.

The move proved quite effective, Lower's height and therefore a towering target, caused Mavericks problems and required an adjustment to their defensive formation.

However, Team Northumbria only pulled back one goal in the final 15 minutes, with the game belonging to a composed Mavericks outfit at the final whistle.

Stephina Bello for the galleria Mavericks played well at wing defence, lifting her performance to outsmart her opponents.

After the game Maverick's captain Louisa Brownfield said: "It is a good two points for us tonight and Stef Bello is developing into a player that the galleria Mavericks can rely on."

Coach Kendra Slawinski commented on an area for development she noticed in the match.

She said: 'I was pleased to use a variety of combinations that show great promise, however the error rate is far too high at this level."

As the Mavericks look forward to Christmas, they can't quite put their feet up, sit around the Yule-tide tree singing carols yet.

They have an away fixture at Team Bath on Monday, December 22.

What a match up that promises to be as Team Bath are currently topping the table with the Mavericks now in third place.


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