Mavericks lose to league leaders TeamBath

PUBLISHED: 10:15 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:01 26 October 2009

Mavericks goal keeper Naida Hutchinson

Mavericks goal keeper Naida Hutchinson

MAVERICKS slipped to their second defeat of the season when they were beaten 55-41 away by Netball Superleague leaders TeamBath. The hosts maintained their eight game unbeaten start to the term with success over the defending champions at the Sports Train

MAVERICKS slipped to their second defeat of the season when they were beaten 55-41 away by Netball Superleague leaders TeamBath.

The hosts maintained their eight game unbeaten start to the term with success over the defending champions at the Sports Training Village of the University of Bath.

TeamBath, catalysed by a big home crowd, made a blistering start to the Sky Sports televised encounter on Monday.

This first quarter proved to be the match winning one by the home side who took the period by 10 goals.

Although Hatfield-based Mavericks were able to answer in competitive spirit throughout the other three quarters, the damage was done early on.

Rachel Dunn at goal shooter for TeamBath proved why she is one of the nation's sharpest shooters to score six of the home side's opening eight goals.

Bath's mid-court also dominated in the initial stage, with Sara Bayman and Jo Binns working together to make some spectacular interceptions.

For Mavericks, their England star Karen Atkinson linked well with international and club team-mate Louisa Brownfield, while Camilla Buchanan tussled well at centre.

At quarter-time Mavericks coach Kendra Slawinski opted to move Atkinson to centre and brought on Chioma Ezeogu at wing attack.

TeamBath edged the second and third quarters by winning both by a mere one goal.

For the third they made wholesale changes, reshuffling the attack end and introducing Sasha Corbin at wing attack.

By half-time the score was 32-21 and three quarter-time 45-33.

Maverick goalkeeper Naida Hutchinson, named player of the match, defended well all game and especially stood out in the third quarter.

In the final segment both sides showed moments of breathtaking brilliance which kept the crowd entertained and glued to the match.

The visitors from Herts managed to dominate for the majority of the final 15 minutes.

TeamBath spoilt their good run to overthrow their visitors and be ahead by two goals for the final quarter to win 55-41.

For Mavericks, Brownfield top scored with 29 from 31 attempts. Michelle Hall also grabbed 11 from 19, while Gemma Wiseman scored the other goal.

After the encounter, Mavericks coach Slawinski said: "It was an error strewn start that put us on the back foot at the end of the first quarter.

"Playing opposition like this you cannot afford to play to this consistency.

"In the next three quarters we competed and we look forward to the return match."

Mavericks captain Karen Atkinson added: "We had a really poor start and despite some ordinary play we competed and kept with them.


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