Mavericks turn on the style in second half to leave Team Northumbria floundering
PUBLISHED: 11:43 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:44 06 March 2018
A superb second half from benecosMavericks saw them to a comfortable 71-53 victory away to Team Northumbria in the Vitality Netball Superleague.
It had been tight up until half-time, with the Mavericks one-point first-quarter lead wiped out as the sides went into the break level.
However, whatever was said by head coach Kat Ratnapala during the interval obviously struck a chord with the Mavericks players who ripped into their Geordie hosts.
The coach herself though was more keen to talk about the contribution of player of the match Gabby Marshall.
She said: “Gabs was a real staple in our game tonight. She worked tirelessly in both attack and defence and her ability to take the interceptions she does and have the vision and accuracy on her feed is a massive asset.
“She has slotted into the Mavericks family fantastically and has brought a huge amount to the squad this season.”
The win was the perfect way to respond to their first defeat of the year at home to Wasps and leaves them fourth in the table.
An early start and eventful journey, which saw a tyre blowout for the team bus, may have accounted for the slow start.
The flow of through court play wasn’t as connected as it has been in previous games and with neither Mavs nor Northumbria able to control possession, it led to a goal for goal start.
That pattern continued for the remainder of the half until Ratnapala could get the words of wisdom to the side at half-time.
And the response was immediate.
Interceptions from Lindsay Keable and Razia Quashie gave Mavericks the surge they needed and open up the court.
They opened up a 10-point gap at the end of the third quarter and with Northumbria changing line-up once more, the Mavs stuck to their task and delivered the performance the coaching staff knew they were capable of.
And with Marshall and Sasha Corbin connecting beautifully, Kalifa McCollin and Karyn Bailey took their opportunities and fired them to the win.
Next up is a sold-out home game against UWS Sirens on Saturday, starting at 6pm.
Prior to the main game, the Mavericks U21s got a well deserved win 64-42 win with the player of the match award going to Beth Ecuyer Dale.