Wasps have sting in tail to beat Mavericks

PUBLISHED: 17:07 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:12 07 March 2017

Herts Mavericks co-captain Vicklyn Joseph shoots

Herts Mavericks co-captain Vicklyn Joseph shoots

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Herts Mavericks were narrowly beaten 51-47 at Wasps on Saturday as the newly-formed hosts played their first ever home game.

Herts Mavericks were narrowly beaten 51-47 at Wasps on Saturday as the newly-formed hosts played their first ever home game.

Following on from a narrow loss against TeamBath, Mavericks were keen to get back to winning ways.

After an emotional minute’s silence in memory of ex New Zealand player Tanya Dalton, the players gathered together and composed themselves for the first quarter.

After some stop-start play, thanks to contact calls and lost balls behind curtains, it was obvious this was going to be a thrilling game.

Rose Morgan-Smith, Keisha Grant and Ashleigh Neale found space in attack to thread the ball through some precision play with speed and flair. Player for player, there was nothing separating either team and after the first quarter finishing down by one (13-12), Mavericks knew it was all to play for.

The second quarter saw no changes from either team, while Mavericks’ co-captain Vicklyn Joseph showed some excellent resilience, strength and grip holding onto countless balls flying into the circle.

Summer Artman and Lindsay Keable were able to apply more pressure in the shooting circle and were able to gain further intercepts and turnovers for the shooters to convert.

The quarter saw a run of goals for one team and then the other and Wasps maintained the slender advantage (24-23) at half-time.

Wasps made changes for the third quarter with more experienced players taking to court to try and push away from the Mavericks.

Razia Quashie came on to GK for Mavericks who started to apply more pressure on Wasps’ attacking circle.

Applying full team attack and team defence, Mavericks worked hard to support each other on all areas of the court. At the end of the period Wasps still were ahead 39-37.

The final quarter saw Michelle Drayne introduced by the visitors and she quickly found her feet and Joseph in the circle.

Going a goal up, Mavericks looked calm and comfortable on the ball, working it together patiently.

However, Wasps managed to pull level and take a four-goal lead in the end winning 51-47.

On Saturday Mavericks head to London’s Copper Box Arena to face Surrey Storm.

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