National team friendlies for Mavericks ahead of Superleague start

PUBLISHED: 16:32 02 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:32 02 November 2016

Michelle Drayne

Michelle Drayne

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Herts Mavericks will take on two national sides later this month as they prepare for the 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague season.

The Hatfield-based side will host Northern Ireland at the Hertfordshire Sports Village on Saturday, November 19.

It is not the first time Mavericks have played the Irish, last pre-season they faced each other with their Northern Ireland international Michelle Drayne playing parts of the game for both sides.

The Herts outfit will then play England U21s at the Copper Box Arena in London on Tuesday, November 29.

That match will act as a curtain raiser to the England against Jamaica test match which will follow on the same day.

Mavericks, this term led by New Zealand coach Robyn Broughton, will begin their Superleague season at home to Team Northumbria on Friday, February 17.

The following weekend, Saturday, February 25, they will take part in Super Ten at the Genting Arena in Birmingham.

The event sees all 10 Superleague teams in action at the same venue on the same day.

Mavericks will be playing Team Bath, who have signed ex-Mavericks captain Layla Guscoth, at 8pm.

Three new teams have been added to the league with Severn Stars, Sirens and Wasps Netball introduced.

Yorkshire Jets have been dropped from the league.

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