Mavericks are developing nicely, says Jackson

PUBLISHED: 06:46 26 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009

Maggie Jackson

Maggie Jackson

MAVERICKS director of coaching Maggie Jackson feels the side are developing nicely as the end-of-season play-offs loom. As defending champions, Mavericks are looking to retain their Co-operative Netball Superleague crown. With four matches left of the lea

MAVERICKS director of coaching Maggie Jackson feels the side are developing nicely as the end-of-season play-offs loom.

As defending champions, Mavericks are looking to retain their Co-operative Netball Superleague crown.

With four matches left of the league term Mavericks, who play their home games in Hatfield, have already secured a play-off place.

The University of Hertfordshire-based outfit are third in the table and have amassed enough points to ensure they cannot be pushed out of the play-off spots.

Jackson, a former England assistant coach, said: "The season has and is going really well; as we have always done we progress through the season and are getting stronger with the aim of peaking going into the play-offs and the final on April 4."

Before this season began some new faces were brought into the squad, which is trained by Jackson and head coach Kendra Slawinski.

The newcomers have integrated well with existing players, such as England internationals Louisa Brownfield and Karen Atkinson.

"We are very pleased with the new players that joined us this season, their attitude has been excellent and the squad is a strong force," said Jackson.

When asked what Mavericks' aims are for the remainder of the term, Jackson's response was clear.

"Hit the play-offs by still improving through them and then making and winning the final!" she said.

So far Mavericks have only lost two matches from 12.

They suffered defeats away to leaders Team Bath and second-placed Loughborough Lightning.

It is these sides Jackson thinks will be the main threat to the Mavericks' title defence.

"Team Bath and Loughborough are both above us in the table so we obviously need to beat them. However, we take all seriously and Leeds is a team that is also gathering momentum."

In their quest to once again become champions Mavericks are spurred on by their fine supporters.

Jackson was full of praise for those who cheer on her Superleague side.

"They (the fans) are brilliant. We have some of the most loyal fans in the country and travelling around the country the atmosphere at our home games are the best!

"They are netball addicts and very knowledgeable."

As well as independent supporters at the matches, school groups are also seen cheering on the Mavericks at the Hertfordshire Sports Village in Hatfield.

Jackson added: "The schools are also beginning to come more regularly to support us.

"We are very grateful to the coaches and teachers for taking the time to arrange these.

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