Mavericks' unbeaten start goes in front of record crowd
PUBLISHED: 15:26 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:37 28 February 2018
Something had to give as benecosMavericks and Wasps put their unbeaten starts to the season on the line, but in front of a record home crowd of over 1,000, it was the Vitality Netball Superleague champions who took the spoils in a win.
It was the second game at the brand new University of Essex venue following Saturday’s win over Severn Stars and each team went into Monday night’s encounter with three wins from three matches played.
A goal-for-goal opening for both sides and an opportunity to break Wasps centre pass was made by Zara Everitt.
However, hesitancy and a breakdown in communication in the Mavs’ attacking unit meant an easy turnover for Wasps and they were able to capitalise & regain their centre pass.
The Wasps attacking unit were errorless as they took their possession through to goal despite the best defensive efforts of the hosts and they ended the quarter leading 12-7.
Razia Quashie entered into the game at GK in the second quarter and despite getting some tips to the ball, the defensive end were unable to capitalise on the turnovers and take them through to goal.
And Wasps continued to exert their physical defensive pressure, winning the quarter and claiming a 36-24 half-time advantage.
Mavericks’ head coach and director of netball Kat Ratnapala had demanded more at the break but despite 100 per cent shooting from Kalifa McCollin and Karyn Bailey and turnovers from Gabby Marshall and Quashie, the Mavericks couldn’t bridge the gap and Wasps stretched further away.
A much better fourth quarter followed for the hosts and it will be a small crumb of comfort that they won that 15-13, but it was too little too late.
Ratnapala said: “It was a frustrating game. We know we are better than that performance, however, we are a new attacking unit and there were a lot of opportunities for us to win ball which we didn’t take so there is plenty of room for improvement.
“This is only game four of a long season so we are looking forward to our next game to right some wrongs and continue to push for our goal of top four.
“A massive thank you to all of our travelling fans, to this fantastic arena and thanks to all the staff within Mavericks and University of Essex for making it a great event.”