Unbeaten run continues as Mavericks christen Essex home with win over Severn Stars
PUBLISHED: 14:38 26 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:38 26 February 2018
A first home game at the University of Essex for benecosMavericks did not disappoint as the hosts stretched their unbeaten start to the season to three with a 68-46 victory over Severn Stars.
The Mavericks are playing three games at the university’s brand-new 1,800 capacity venue, with the second tonight (Monday) against Wasps and the third in June when Loughborough Lightning are the visitors.
And fresh from their dramatic extra-time win over Surrey Storm at the Hertfordshire Sports Village last week they delighted their support once more, racing into a 17-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter showed no change in the steady flow towards the Stars’ net and half-time the Mavericks had stretched their advantage to 34-20.
And so it continued with the Mavs winning both quarters in the second half for a comfortable success.
Lindsay Keable won the player of the match award with Zara Everitt’s workrate in defence earning an honourable mention.
The Mavericks’ director of netball Kat Ratnapala said: “It was fantastic to christen our first outing at the University of Essex with a convincing win against Severn Stars and to get all 12 players out on court tonight.
“It has been increasingly difficult to choose the starting seven and 12 for match day as we have a very competitive squad of 15 players that we are working with.
“There were quite a few standout performances and I was pleased that we were able to be more clinical with our attacking play and score 30 goals off turnovers.
“We are now really excited to face Wasps and hope to have a huge crowd to get behind us.”