Mavericks swoop to down Celtic Dragons

PUBLISHED: 16:32 13 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:08 26 October 2009

Maverick's Louisa Brownfield

Maverick's Louisa Brownfield

Co-operative Netball Superleague Celtic Dragons 21 Mavericks 52 MAVERICKS Superleague victory in Wales at Celtic Dragons was never in doubt on Sunday. The Hatfield-based side put in a strong display which handed them a comprehensive 52-21 win after thei

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Celtic Dragons 21 Mavericks 52

MAVERICKS' Superleague victory in Wales at Celtic Dragons was never in doubt on Sunday.

The Hatfield-based side put in a strong display which handed them a comprehensive 52-21 win after their first match of 2009.

Triumph and the points ensured the team, who play at the University of Herts in Hatfield, stay third in the Co-operative Netball Superleague table.

Struggling Dragons had gone into the encounter on the back of a spirited showing against Loughborough Lightning in Cardiff on Thursday.

In that one the Welsh outfit gave Lightning a real scare, but still fell to defeat 37-27.

On Sunday, again in Cardiff, Mavericks were able to put pressure on the Celtic Dragons attack end, which forced many errors and disrupted their play.

In the first quarter they got quickly into the attacking groove out scoring Celtic Dragons 15-3.

The efficient movement of circle attack Michelle Hall and Louisa Brownfield meant they were easily found by the feeding of Michaella McFarlane, who made her first Mavericks start, alongside captain Karen Atkinson.

Both centre court were able to capitalise on turnover ball won by the dominating defensive trio, Natalie Seaton, Hazel Schofield and Naida Hutchinson.

Head coach Kendra Slawinski kept the same starting seven in the second quarter, whilst Sue Gaudion re-shuffled her team line up, during various Dragons injury time outs, with little impact.

The second quarter score of 28-8 and showed the away side had total control of the game.

At half-time the coaching duo of Slawinski and Maggie Jackson made some changes to their line up.

In came Camilla Buchannan at centre with Atkinson going to wing attack and McFarlane, after a fine half, moving to the bench.

Hall's contribution was greatly appreciated but she made room for a Brownfield and Gemma Wiseman shooting combination, the former moving back to goal shooter.

The effective defensive trio remained for the third quarter and the galleria Mavericks were able to put pressure on the Celtic Dragon attacking play.

On occasions they forced errors consequently disrupting their incursions. the third quarter score was 41 - 12.

Mavericks were just too strong on the day for their hosts.

A fluent and dominate start proved too much for the Cardiff based outfit and they struggled to get back into the match.

In the end the away side cantered their way to success.

After the game, contented Mavericks coach Kendra Slawinski said: "We were really pleased with the win today, work ethic and particularly with some combinations we've been working on during the Christmas break."

Slawinski was quick to point out that her players did not have things all their own way in the encounter.

"Celtic Dragons contested all four quarters, making Mavericks think about the way they were playing," she added.

For the visitors, their England international Louisa Brownfield top scored with 33 goals from 39 attempts.

Michelle Hall grabbed 15 from 20, while Gemma Wiseman weighed in with four goals from her 14 attempts.

Celtic Dragons' captain Sara Hale said: "We had patches of good play.

Next up for Mavericks is another away trip.

On Friday they head to the Guildford Spectrum to take on Brunel Hurricanes. The game will start at 8pm.

Mavericks beat Hurricanes in the opening match of the season 30-25 at the Hertfordshire Sports Village back in October.

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