Mavericks storm to victory over Thunder

PUBLISHED: 14:03 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:09 26 October 2009

MAVERICKS produced a storming display to outclass Northern Thunder away on Saturday. The Hatfield-based side won their latest Co-operative Netball Superleague fixture by more than 50 points. A business-like and dogmatic approach to the game resulted in so

MAVERICKS produced a storming display to outclass Northern Thunder away on Saturday.

The Hatfield-based side won their latest Co-operative Netball Superleague fixture by more than 50 points.

A business-like and dogmatic approach to the game resulted in some positive creative attacking play that produced an emphatic scoreline.

The Mavericks' coaching team were able to continue to work with different combinations. Michelle Hall paired up effectively with Louisa Brownfield in the attacking zone.

This introduced a different pace and timing, enabling there to be some quick interactions between them and the two centre court players, Debbie Jones and England vice-captain Karen Atkinson.

England star Brownfield enjoyed a 93 per cent success rate with 39 out of 42, while Hall claimed 14 points.

Thunder's shooters also combined well and took their shots anywhere in the circle. This demanded the galleria sponsored team's defence to alter their style and force the ball to be played in the air to capitalise on their additional height.

Three players came off the bench at half-time. Gemma Wiseman, who had had a good game at GA last week, found herself as WA, pairing up with Atkinson.

Monique Wood moved into the shooter position and scored 24 out of 30.

As each match progresses, Mavericks' new players are settling and blending in well as the play-offs loom.

Clare Elsley did an excellent job at WD in forcing the attack into the corners and either turning over the ball or giving captain Naomi Siddall and Amanda Newton intercepting opportunities.

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