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Mc Collin near perfect in Mavericks win
T&T senior national women’s team Goal Shoot, Kalifa Mc Collin was near perfect in the circle as she helped benecos Mavericks get back to winning ways in the ten-club 2018 England Vitality Netball Super League, 68-36 over former employers Celtic Dragons on Saturday.
Playing in front their home fans at Hertfordshire Sports Village, Mavericks, with Mc Collin starting on the bench, stormed into a sizable first-quarter lead, 16-8 and with the introduction of the “Calypso Netballer” the margin grew wider to 21 goals, 35-14 at the half-time interval.
The third period proved to be yet another one-sided affair for Mavericks as Mc Collin and goal attack Karyn Bailey dominated their defenders to push the lead to 30 goals, 52-22.
With victory all but certain, Mavericks eased up considerably in the final quarter, but still outscored their opponents, 16-14 to come away with the 69-36 triumph to make amends for last week’s shock loss to Severn Stars 44-55 at the University Arena, University of Worcester.
In the end, Mc Collin, who was the league’s sixth-best scorer last year as a Dragons player with 526 goals from 567 attempts at a league-best 92.8 shooting percentage, tallied 15 goals from 16 attempts while Bailey once again led the way with 50 from 54 attempts.
Alicia Travis, who got the starting nod ahead of Mc Collin added three from nine attempts in the win for Mavericks, now with a 9-3 win-loss record and 27 points, the same as Manchester Thunder.
Wallace’s Swifts fall to unbeaten Fever
Jamaican goal shoot Jhaniele Fowler and the West Coast Fever continued their perfect start to the Suncorp Super Netball season with a 63-54 win over T&T’s Samantha Wallace and the New South Wales Swifts, at the HBF Stadium in Perth on Sunday.
Powerful goal keep Courtney Bruce, was huge in defence for Fever, with six intercepts and three rebounds against the Swifts attackers, while their entire mid-court was effective throughout.
Shutting down Fowler has been a challenge no team has been able to achieve so far this season and it was no different in this match, but the Swifts did manage to use slick ball movement to get back into the contest, but still trailed 11-16 at the end of the first quarter with Wallace netting seven of eight attempts.
Swifts made a raft of changes, bringing Sophie Garbin into goal shooter with Wallace moved to the bench for the start of the second quarter but while the intercepts dried up, Nat Medhurst and Verity Charles still routinely found their target in Fowler who tallied 30 goals from 33 attempts in the first-half to help Fever build a 35-25 lead with Wallace adding eight more from nine attempts for Swifts.
Swifts fought hard in the third quarter, with Wallace converting seven from eight and England international Housby five of eight, but they were unable to make inroads into the deficit as Fowler continued to dominate at the other end with 11 from 13 for Fever to take 49-37 lead into the final quarter.
Wallace and her team-mates refused to roll over though, scoring 10 of 12 while Housby scored all seven attempts, but once again Fowler proved too much to handle at the other end of the court with 12 goals from 13 attempts.
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