Hertfordshire Mavericks Sammy Wallace

Mavs ready for a busy Easter weekend

Hertfordshire Mavericks have two games this weekend having not played since their victory over Celtic Dragons on Monday 7th March.

They host Team Northumbria on Saturday and then travel to Loughborough Lightning on Monday in a bid to keep up their impressive points tally.

To read the full match previews go to the Mavericks website here:



TeAroha Keenan

Northumbria suffer 2nd loss in 72 hours

Team Northumbria suffered their second defeat in three days as they lost 58-45 at the hands of Surrey Storm.

The game was shown live on Sky Sports 2, and you can find the Northumbria match report here:

Team Northumbria suffered a second loss in 72 hours after title challenging Surrey Storm did the double over the struggling Sport Central club tonight [Monday].

Te Aroha Keenan’s side have a 12-day break before their next top flight clash – away at joint leaders Mavericks on March 26.

And TN must go back to the drawing board after a dispiriting 58-45 defeat left the Tynesiders nine points off a top four place.

A slow start handed Storm the initiative and the home side never fully recovered despite more pinpoint shooting from top 10 Superleague pairing Chiara Semple and Lynsey Armitage.

Scotland star Sam Murphy was handed a first start at wing defence with Jaydene Robinson still nursing the wrist injury that forced her out of last month’s Loughborough clash.

But coach Keenan kept faith with the trusted defensive pairing of daughter Tuaine and Darlington’s Leah Kennedy.

And veteran goal shooter Armitage started a second game in three days alongside prolific Kiwi Semple.

If TN were looking to fly out of the blocks then an adrenaline-fuelled start backfired.

Misplaced passes and poor decision making allowed third-placed Surrey to open up a 5-1 lead.

But when TN did create scoring opportunities both Armitage and Semple made no mistake to keep the hosts in touch.

Storm led 31-21 at half-time but their 10-goal advantage only told half of the story.

TN shot an incredible 95% in the first 30 minutes but created just 22 shooting opportunities compared to Surrey’s 35.

Coach Keenan rang the changes after the break with the tiring Armitage withdrawn – Tuaine Keenan moving to goal shooter and Jamaican Shanice Beckford stepping in at goal attack.

Brie Grierson tasted her first action of the night at wing attack and Emily Hollingworth replaced Murphy at wing defence.

TN started the third quarter with pace and precision to briefly reduce the deficit but midway through the period Storm regrouped.

And with 10 minutes on the clock the hosts had a mountain to climb – trailing 44-30 and staring down the barrel at an eighth Superleague loss.

Tuaine Keenan

Keenan positive ahead of Storm clash

Tonight’s Monday Night Netball action on Sky Sports will be between Team Northumbria and Surrey Storm.

Despite losing against Manchester Thunder on Saturday, Northumbria remain positive that they can cause an upset.

Read below for the Northumbria match preview:

Team Northumbria’s Tuaine Keenan remains positive ahead of Monday night’s Netball Superleague clash against Surrey Storm despite losing 65-51 to Manchester Thunder on Saturday.

TN put up a good fight at Sport Central against one of the NSL favourites but they struggled to continue their momentum in the final period.

Keenan was superb at Goal Keeper for TN but believes consistency is the key if they are to win Monday’s encounter in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

“I think we could have done better,” admitted the Kiwi. “But at times we got really close to them.

“It was just a matter of being clinical when getting the ball to our shooters and making sure we reduce the gap so we stood a better chance in the fourth.

“We definitely showed a lot of fight considering we were down quite a bit in the first quarter and came back from that.

“We just weren’t consistent enough but the score was a lot better than the last time we played them which is a good sign.

“We’ll rest up and reflect on what happened with Thunder and hopefully avoid the same errors and be a lot more clinical on Monday.”

The home-side made a lot of tactical changes from quarter to quarter on Saturday in an attempt to hold Thunder at bay that almost paid off.

TN’s new-look team seems to be working reasonably well as round nine of the NSL approaches, with Keenan confident in her squad’s abilities.

“I believe we have a squad where we can put anyone on at anytime just to inject some fresh legs if we need to,” she added.

“Everyone has their own different strengths and weaknesses it’s just about seeing which combination we can play to best combat what our opponents put on court.

“I think all of our changes against Thunder were effective it was just that we needed to be a lot better working together as a team.”

TN welcome Surrey Storm to Sport Central on Monday (7.45pm centre pass) in a bid to obtain their third win of the season live on Sky Sports.


Thunder take back top spot

Manchester Thunder have taken back the top spot in the Vitality Netball Superleague after a 65-51 win over Team Northumbria.

Dan Ryan handed young shooter Amy Clinton her Thunder debut as the Manchester side made their way back to the top of the table.

Read the Thunder match report below:

Manchester Thunder clinched a deserved win over Team Northumbria in Newcastle in round eight of the Vitality Netball Superleague.

Despite a poor third quarter, the Black and Yellows dominated for large periods of the game and ran out 51-65 winners.

With an unassailable lead secured in the fourth, coach Dan Ryan opted to hand 18-year-old shooter Amy Clinton her Superleague debut.

The Oldham star is the second player in a week to be handed her first chance in the Thunder dress, following wing attack Beccy Hoult’s bow against Jets last time out.

Thunder started at a blistering pace and powered into an early five-goal lead, bringing some impressive fluidity to their attacking play, showing their intent from the outset.

Eleanor Cardwell was once again relishing her time on court and looked assured and confident in the circle, nailing some difficult shots and refusing to be bullied off the ball by an organised Team Northumbria defence.

The Tameside shooter linked up well with Natalie Haythornthwaite who showed her range of passing and utilised her speed and movement through court to flummox Northumbria.

It was a game littered with patches of scrappy play, which lead to several umpire cautions handed to players from both sides.

However this wasn’t a true reflection of the game, as Thunder have withstood far more physical challenges in other Superleague fixtures this season.

That said, TN were no push over and gave themselves a real chance of snatching victory in the third quarter when they pulled the scores back to within four, after the goal cushion had gone up to double figures.

Their Jamaican imports Shanice Beckford and Nicole Dixon, dictated play and were a real handful for Thunder’s defence.

It was an interesting dual between the opposing Sunshine Girls in Thunder’s Mally Kelly and Beckford, especially. 

England duo Sara Bayman and Laura Malcolm were assured in front of the defence and Housby, who drifted in and out of the game and sat out the third quarter, was more than adequate support for in-form Cardwell.

Thunder were in no mood to suffer a repeat of the nervy finale in their previous match against Yorkshire Jets, and stretched their lead in the final quarter.

They were coasting and it enabled teenager Clinton to take to court and make her Superleague debut.