Match report: Team Bath 34-51 Hertfordshire Mavericks
PUBLISHED: 16:39 18 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:39 18 February 2015
Hertfordshire Mavericks bounced back from defeat at Manchester Thunder nine days ago to record a third victory in four Superleague matches.
Sam Bird’s side rarely looked in danger of picking up a second defeat in five days as they dominated the majority of this clash in Bath.
Following the team huddles, Bath took the first centre pass of the evening straight to goal and Mavericks immediately responded with the same.
Within minutes, Mavericks were on a run, despite a few errors, exhibiting full court defence.
A Bath time-out meant that Mavericks could re-group, staying focussed for the reminder of the first quarter.
Mavericks finished the stronger and thus took a 14-11 lead into the second quarter.
The second period saw no changes to Mavericks’ starting seven line-up.
The defence were dominating the circle, making continuous tips, intercepts and shooters converting the turnovers.
Excellent team composure in this quarter saw Mavericks finish half-time leading by 11 points.
Going into the third quarter leading 28-17, head coach Bird made some changes to her starting seven as Layla Guscoth, Camilla Buchanan and Rose Morgan-Smith entered the fray.
Fresh legs on court gave Mavericks defence the opportunity to continue to dominate.
Once again, the Corbin sisters showed speed and delivery with the ball into the circle, whilst Louisa Watson was calm and consistent with her shooting.
Another great quarter saw Mavericks pull the lead to 39-27.
Changes in the final quarter saw Naida Hutchison return to the court at GK, and during this final quarter, Mavericks continued to deliver some outstanding netball.
The defence continued to turn the ball, with excellent transition by the mid-court down to the shooters who found the net each time.
Another win over Team Northumbira at Herts Sports Village this Saturday would further boost Mavericks playoff chances.
Mavericks starting 7: GS Louisa Watson; GA Kadeen Corbin; WA Sasha Corbin; C Sophia Candappa; WD Sam May; GD Lindsay Keable; GK Naida Hutchinson.