Mavericks bid for final spot

PUBLISHED: 11:54 24 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 26 October 2009

Naomi Siddall

Naomi Siddall

MAVERICKS bid to reach the Netball Superleague Grand Final for the third year running on Saturday. The Hatfield-based team face regular season league runners-up Team Northumbria in the second phase of the play-offs at the English Institute of Sport in She

Louisa Brownfield

MAVERICKS bid to reach the Netball Superleague Grand Final for the third year running on Saturday.

The Hatfield-based team face regular season league runners-up Team Northumbria in the second phase of the play-offs at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

The galleria Mavericks secured their trip back to Yorkshire with a 50-37 victory over defending champions TeamBath.

Loughborough Lightning are already through to the Co-operative Netball Superleague showpiece at K2 in Crawley on April 5 having beaten an injury-hit Northumbria outfit before Easter. Saturday's match will decide their opponents.

After fielding an unsettled team earlier in the season following England's World Netball Championship exploits, Mavericks have relied on their big guns in recent weeks to get them to within one game of the national final once again.

The Herts Sports Village side have stuck with a core of international class players for recent matches.

Captain Naomi Siddall has inspired her team from GK and England skipper Amanda Newton and fellow international Clare Elsley have provided valuable support in defence.

England vice captain Karen Atkinson has impressed at wing attack, backed up by Debbie Jones in the centre.

Meanwhile, England shooter Louisa Brownfield has claimed the points at the sharp end of the pitch, aided by Michelle Hall and Monique Wood.


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