More hard work to come for Mavs despite easing to a comfortable win over Pulse
PUBLISHED: 12:27 26 February 2019
The hard work will continue for Saracens Mavericks despite a 65-37 win over London Pulse consolidating their second position in the Netball Superleague.
The Mavs were made to work for it in front of their passionate Hatfield support on Monday night as they recorded a fifth win in seven outings this season.
And while director of netball Kat Ratnapala was delighted with the final result, she knows that they can take nothing for granted in such a competitive league.
She said: “Even though Pulse are bottom of the league table it doesn’t really matter. Every game is a tough battle and that’s what I told the players at the beginning of the game.
“We have to go out in every single game and earn more, deserve more and work harder for each other.
“So to get all 12 players out on court and get a big score like that is fantastic.
“I’m asking more and more of the players, I feel like a right slave driver, but it’s where we need to be if we want to be competing for those top four spaces.”
That mantra has been a constant from both players and management after every game so far but the boss admits there will probably never be a time where it isn’t appropriate.
“We haven’t even played all of the teams yet so until we do and we know where we’re sitting, then we can just draw a line and move on,” she said.
“You’re never the finished article, I don’t think any team ever is. You’re always building to something else and I’ll always be pushing for more.”
The big help for the team will be their strength in depth and the cheers for the introduction of Karyn Bailey and Paige McCalla during the fourth quarter show the fans are well aware of that too.
“Karyn’s had a few niggles and a few injuries so has been out for a while and it’s great to have her in the mix,” said Ratnapala.
“It gives us something different. George [Fisher] and Kadeen [Corbin] are doing a great job out there and they are fine shooters.
“But having Karyn on the bench allows her to come on and make an impact.
“Paige has come through the ranks and that’s her first cap.
“It’s fantastic to get these youngsters out there and she did a great job.”