Mavericks snuff out Dragons' fire as Saracens side keep the pressure on top teams

PUBLISHED: 10:01 05 February 2019

George Fisher returned to Saracens Mavericks after two years with Wasps. Picture: HARRY HUBBARD

George Fisher returned to Saracens Mavericks after two years with Wasps. Picture: HARRY HUBBARD

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Saracens Mavericks laid down a further marker to the sides above them in the Vitality Netball Superleague with a commanding 66-44 win away to Celtic Dragons.

It was the third win on the trot following their opening day defeat and although head coach Kat Ratnapala felt there is still work to be done, she did have a smile on her face at the final buzzer.

She said: “We’ll take that win. It was a hard slog in the first half but the second quarter was a lot better with a lot more attention to detail and the third quarter we came out firing and righted a few wrongs.

“All in all I’m really pleased with the team performance.”

It was up front where Mavs shone brightest, Kadeen Corbin earning praise for landing 21 of her 22 shots at the net while George Fisher was named player of the match.

She said: “It was highly contested but enjoyable. At times it got a bit tough but we pushed through and it felt good to go through that slog and come out with a win on the other side.”

Mavericks had got off to a blistering start in Cardiff, stretching into an early 6-1 lead but that had all but been wiped out by the end of the first quarter with Dragons reducing the gap to just 16-15.

The home side even levelled it up before once again Saracens stretched away, finishing the half 30-25 to the good.

But the second half was dominated by the visitors.

An 8-1 burst put Dragons out of sight once and for all and by the end of the period the lead was 49-34.

And the Hertfordshire side finished it off in the final 15 minutes.

The win keeps Mavericks third in the table, level on points with the unbeaten duo ahead, Wasps and Manchester Thunder.

And it is the league leaders up next for Saracens, who go to Coventry on Monday night.

That fixture sees Fisher return to her old club and she is relishing the match-up.

She said: “I’m excited. I spent two years with them but it’s always tough playing your old team, no matter how well you left.”

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