Mavericks settle for Superleague runners-up spot after Storm defeat in Grand Final
PUBLISHED: 19:42 25 April 2015 | UPDATED: 19:50 25 April 2015
Hertfordshire Mavericks ended the 2015 Netball Superleague runners-up after being blown away 56-39 by Surrey Storm in the season finale at London's Copper Box Arena.
Mavericks started slowly and found themselves under the cosh for the opening momemts of the contest.
Despite some heroic last-ditch defending from goal keeper Naida Hutchinson and goal defence Layla Guscoth and potent Louisa Watson shooting, Sam Bird’s ladies were on the wrong end of a 13-10 deficit at the end of the first quarter.
With just three points between the two sides, Bird did not see fit to make any changes going into the second quarter and that looked the right choice initially as goal shooter Kadeen Corbin put her side to within one of Surrey at 13-12.
Nevertheless, Storm, who beat Mavericks twice in the regular season, turned the screw leaving the Purple Army digging deep to stay with their dominant opponents.
The ball remained in Mavericks’ defensive third for the majority of the quarter as Storm ruthlessly put daylight between themselves and the de Havilland campus side.
At half-time, Storm flew into the dressing room leading 26-20.
Needing to turn the tide, coach Bird turned to Lindsay Keable, replacing Hutchinson at goal keeper, with Mvericks looking to stem the flow of the opposition’s attacking success.
At the end of the third quarter, this had partially been achieved as Storm scored a point less than in the opening two periods, but still led 38-30.
Into the final quarter of the 2015 campaign, the Surrey outfit continued to dance around the court.
A time-out midway through the quarter, with Mavericks behind by 16 points, gave them brief respite but just delayed the inevitable as Storm, having led from start to finish, roared on to take the title.