Vicklyn Joseph: 'We had a fantastic home crowd but sadly we couldn't put on a performance they deserved'

PUBLISHED: 08:55 09 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:55 09 May 2017

Herts Mavericks co-captain Vicklyn Joseph takes a shot. Picture: COURTNEY FERNS

Herts Mavericks co-captain Vicklyn Joseph takes a shot. Picture: COURTNEY FERNS

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Saturday saw us finally play Sirens Netball, one of the newly-established Superleague franchises who hail from Scotland.

With it being already being round 14 it was odd facing a team at this point of the season who we haven’t played against yet.

With that being said we were ready for the unknown and knew we had to try our best to put out a team performance in order to continue our winning ways from the weekend before against Celtic Dragons.

The match was a high-intensity, physical one from the outset with both teams eager to make their mark early. With that in mind it started as a goal-for-goal affair but then we lost ball which allowed Sirens to pull away to a three goal lead.

No changes were made for the second quarter and we were able to start the quarter right by scoring the first goal.

However, things become a struggle through court and the number of opportunities dropped and Sirens were able to capitalise which saw them push out to an 11-goal lead going into the half-time break.

A few changes were made throughout the court going into the second half of the game and this brought a few more options and Sirens clearly felt the pressure again from us.

With Sirens having such a lead we knew it was going to take a lot of grit and determination to regain the control. This was not an impossible task and we were able to show patience and character by scoring off all our turnovers.

We took the quarter 16-13, which was fantastic, and all due to a great team performance. It had to be all or nothing going into the last quarter and we had to come out fighting but unfortunately they did too and Sirens got the better of us beating us in the last quarter by five, which meant the overall score was 60-47.

We had a fantastic home crowd who were right behind us all the way but sadly we couldn’t put on a performance they deserved to see and enjoy.

Preparation is now underway for the return leg match against league leaders Loughborough Lightning on Monday at Loughborough University.

We are confident that if we work together as a team, and implement our game plan, we can come away with the victory.

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