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Saracens Mavericks

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16th May 2021
Round 16
Copper Box Arena
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Manchester Thunder see off old foes Saracens Mavericks

Another convincing win for Thunder against Saracens Mavericks, achieving a 60-42 scoreline as they get one step closer to sealing a spot in the playoffs to join Team Bath and Loughborough Lightning.

Amy Carter returned from a week out, so it was good for her to be back to a win like that. With her ability to constantly and consistently feed the ball to the circle combined with Joyce Mvula’s clinical shots and a 95% scoring rate, it was too much for Saracens to get a grip on.

There was a complete reshuffle to Mav’s starting VII due to injury and with New Zealander Jo Trip unable to fulfil her role as Goal Keeper due to illness, Saracens seemed disorientated from the outset. This did not seem to bother Thunder though, as Captain Emma Dovey said: "We never know what to expect so we play against what’s out there."

Thunder started the game straight on the attack, taking no prisoners despite speedy Jodie Gibson’s repeated attempts at intercepts, their balls were not converted into goals. Whether this was down to the strong Emma Dovey/Kerry Almond relationship after working 13 seasons together, or Maverick’s making risky passes subsequently leading to wasted opportunities, it was an uphill battle from the get go for Mavericks, ending quarter one on 17-9 to the black and yellows.

The clean goals that followed in the remaining three quarters were brought from a trust the team have with Mvula, knowing she will get the ball from whatever angle it comes at her. Be it a leap or a dip, Mvula has more twists and turns than The Big One at Blackpool. And if Mvula somehow doesn’t score, Eleanor Cardwell certainly would.

As the game started to mark its winners, Mavericks frustration slowed their momentum. Whilst Caroline O’Hanlon experience was able to add to the defensive pressure, this gave Head Coach Karen Greig a chance to give some court minutes to the bench of youngsters. Berri Neil and Lois Pearson goals weren’t created with the same conviction Mvula had so the team had to work harder to give them a good pass but they have no trouble slotting them in once the ball is in hand.

Carter said: "We’ve been working on being relentless in training and I feel like we did that today. We ground it out and tomorrow’s a new day, we’re going to do the same again."

Head Coach Karen Greig said: "For the majority of the game, we were moving the ball nicely. There were times we were running the same lines so it was just making sure we were using that penetration to open up that defensive end and it worked really nice for us.

"We’re trying to focus on our own performance and building from game to game. We’re going steadily upwards but wasps are fighting for that fourth spot just like we are so we’ve got to rest up and put out a good performance tomorrow."

Netball UK Player of the Match: Amy Carter (Manchester Thunder).

Match report provided by Manchester Thunder.