Hertfordshire Mavericks suffer first Superleague loss at Manchester Thunder

PUBLISHED: 13:01 10 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:23 12 March 2015

Layla Guscoth knocks a pass away from an opponent

Layla Guscoth knocks a pass away from an opponent

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Hertfordshire Mavericks were edged out 48-42 by last season's champions Manchester Thunder in their first loss of the new Superleague season last Monday night.

With Hertfordshire Mavericks sitting top of the table on goal difference, this game was all to play for. Whoever won tonight would be sitting top of the table after Round 3 of super 8.

After travelling just under six hours on the bus, Hertfordshire Mavericks arrived at the Thunder Dome ready for the fixture. After a team talk and warm up, Mavericks were ready to take to the court.

Mavericks won the toss and had the first centre pass of the evening. Within minutes Thunder were in their stride, and they had the perfect start. It took Mavericks a while to settle with a number of errors made. Louisa Watson returned for her first game in 3 years with the Hertfordshire Mavericks squad. once she found the net there was no stopping her. Thunder won the first quarter leading 14-8.

No changes to the 2nd quarter for Mavericks, but composure required to let the ball do the work. Attack were working the circle well with Louisa and Kadeen, whilst the rest of the squad was putting pressure over the ball. Mavericks had a run of goals, but Thunder reacted to the goals and finished half-time leading 30-16.

Half-time saw some fresh legs on the court with WA Sasha Corbin C Sophia Candappa WD Sam May GD Lindsay Keable and GK Naida Hutchinson. A combination that could prove to break down the Thunder Shooters. Both Mavericks shooters came back on court focused and determined to score goals. Centre court were working the ball through the court and defence were putting the pressure on at the back. A great 3rd quarter saw the margin in goals decrease and Thunder finished the 3rd quarter leading by 10 goals.

Mavericks made no changes to the final quarter, with both teams contesting well wanting a great result from this fixture. On the final whistle Manchester Thunder took the win 49-42, an excellent game with both teams fighting until the end. Mavericks won the second half by 26-19 so despite the loss the squad have lots to be positive about going forwards for the Bath game on Friday.

Lindsay Keable was the Hertfordshire Mavericks Player of the Match.

Mavericks starting seven: GS Louisa Watson GA Kadeen Corbin WA Sasha Corbin C Rose Morgan-Smith WD Camilla Buchanan GD Sam May GK Layla Guscoth

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