Mavericks off and running as strong shooting display weathers the Storm
PUBLISHED: 14:06 15 January 2019 | UPDATED: 14:13 15 January 2019
Saracens Mavericks got their first win under their new guise in style – with a thumping 59-39 success at Surrey Storm.
Their first game after Saracens Rugby Club had invested in a 50 per cent share of the Vitality Netball Superleague side had ended in a loss to Manchester Thunder.
Director of netball Kat Ratnapala had asked her side to work on the relationships and connections on court after that and the players duly delivered.
Despite having a couple missing due to international commitments, the Mavs tore into their old rivals, especially in the second-half.
Ratnapala said “To finish the game 20 goals up and still feel disappointed shows the professionalism and distance I believe we can go in this league.
“Once again there were patches of brilliance from my squad, followed by disappointments and we will be continuing to work hard to right the wrongs for our next game.”
Georgia Lees and Jo Trip were returning to familiar territory to face their old side, with Trip making no mistake in showing her new loyalties by winning the first interception of the game.
The first quarter saw neither side create too many scoring opportunities but the difference was in the shooting with George Fisher taking her opportunities and Surrey not.
It meant the Mavericks finished the quarter with an 11-7 lead and they extended that to 25-17 by half-time after a number of positional changes.
Kadeen Corbin and Fisher kept their accurate shooting going and the second half proved a continuation of that.
There was still plenty of body on body contesting but when Mavericks were able to find the space, they outclassed the Storm with attacking moves that sliced through their rearguard.
Steph Collard and Danielle McFarlane, making her season debut, both entered the fray in the closing stages contributing to a slicker through-court attack for the Mavs.
And they put the win firmly in the bag with a much more pleasing fourth quarter that saw connections flowing.
Mavs dominated the scoreboard too, winning the quarter 18-11 and will be in confident mood for their first home game on January 25 at the Hertfordshire Sports Village against Loughborough Lightning.