Mavericks and Jets to meet to determine play-off semi-final line-ups

PUBLISHED: 14:07 09 April 2015 | UPDATED: 14:07 09 April 2015

Sarah East

Sarah East

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Hertfordshire Mavericks and Yorkshire Jets meet on Saturday in their final Netball Superleague fixture of the season before the play-offs begin.

Both sides have already secured their spots in the end of term showdown, however the weekend’s clash will determine who will travel to Manchester Thunder and who will visit Surrey Storm in the play-off semi-finals on April 18.

The match will take place at The Jean Brown Indoor Arena in Redbridge.

The Superleague grand final, and the third and fourth play-off game, will be played on Saturday, April 25, at the Copper Box Arena in London.

Easter Monday saw the Mavericks beaten at Hatfield’s Herts Sports Village 59-41 by Surrey Storm.

Thursday they defeated Team Northumbria 58-40 away.

Mavericks went into the game knowing a win would secure their play-off place, however Team Northumbria were determined to spoil this.

In spite of a dominating start by Naida Hutchinson and Sam May in defence the first 30 minutes was neck and neck as the Newcastle side were delivering quick, short passes through the court and finding their goal shooter wih relative ease.

Sarah East replaced Sophie Hankin after 15 minutes, but the personal errors by the Hertfordshire side continued as inaccurate feeding, missed shots and poor footwork persisted throughout this period.

Mavericks led by just one goal at half time; 21-20.

Both teams made changes in the break and it was Mavericks who started the second half with much more focus.

Sophia Candappa, who had replaced Camilla Buchanan at centre, Lindsay Keable and Naida Hutchinson had their hands full with the shooting changes by Northumbria.

Gradually, however, the defensive unit started to dominate the circle, forcing errors by the home side combined with several interceptions by player of the match Sam May.

Mavericks opened up an eight-goal lead as East and Louisa Watson began to look more comfortable in the circle.

For the final quarter head coach Sam Bird brought Sophie Carter and Miri Selby-Rickit into the match.

The attacking players fed the circle with accuracy and the defence won the ball as they secured the win.

The final score was 58-40.

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