Mavericks battle to victory over old enemies Surrey as Ecuyer-Dale makes debut
PUBLISHED: 15:18 08 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:45 08 May 2018
benecosMavericks backed up their early season form with victory over Surrey Storm keeping them second in the Vitality Netball Superleague.
The 56-43 win in Guildford was a battling performance and head coach Kat Ratnapala was delighted the University of Hatfield-based side had come through to secure the win.
She said “That definitely didn’t feel pretty out there.
“Storm were extremely physical in their defensive end and the runs of three or four goals didn’t feel like it was ever easy.
“It’s great to get all 12 players out there this evening, everyone has been training really hard and selection is getting harder each week as everyone is stepping up and delivering, which is absolutely where we need to be as a squad.
“I was really impressed with our composure tonight and ability to work our live turnover through to goal, the connections between the squad is growing with each game and its important that we keep on building through these rounds to make it into the top four and the play-offs.”
The Mavs led the first quarter by 16-12 and the four-goal lead had doubled by the end of the half
But the hosts were still a threat and they put together a number of runs of consecutive scoring.
A couple of these during a physical third quarter helped narrow the gap but only by a point.
And one big effort from the Mavericks gave them the fourth and final quarter by 13 points to seven, clinching the all-important win.
That final quarter was also noticeable for the debut of Beth Ecuyer-Dale, a student at the University of Hertfordshire, and the head coach was pleased for her.
“Beth is a player who I have enjoyed working with for the past two seasons,” said Ratnapala.
“She is like a sponge soaking everything up and massively took her opportunity to play against Storm.
“She is having a great season and I’m excited to continue to work with her in the future.”
The coach also praised Karyn Bailey’s shooting, which saw her land 93 per cent of her opportunities, and player of the match Razia Quashie who she said “denied their shooting opportunities to seven per quarter and picked up a large amount of turnovers.”