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Mc Collin’s Mavericks now joint second
T&T senior national women’s team goal shoot, Kalifa Mc Collin and her benecos Mavericks moved into joint second place in the England Vitality Netball Superleague after a narrow 46-44 win over UWS Sirens at Hertfordshire Sports Complex on Saturday.
Mavericks with Karyn Bailey and Mc Collin started well and led 14-8 at the end of the first quarter interval which was extended to 27-20 at the half-time whistle.
The third period was a closely fought low scoring battle , 9-8 in favour of Mavericks to maintain a 36-28 cushion ahead of the final period where Sirens mounted a serious rally and outscored its opponents 16-10, just coming up short, at the final whistle.
The win, the fifth in six matches for Mc Collin who has netted 81 goals from 96 attempts on the season, and her team-mates improved their record to 5-1 and 15 points, level with Manchester Thunder which has a match in hand while defending champions Wasps Netball led with a perfect 7-0 record and 21 points.
Team Bath (4-1) is level with Loughborough Lightning (4-2) on 12 points followed by Mc Collin’s former club Celtic Dragons (2-3) for six points, UWS Sirens (1-4) with three points and the trio of former champions Surrey Storm (0-5), Severn Stars (0-6) and Team Northumbria (0-6), all without a point.
Up next for Mavericks is clash away to Thunder on Friday in Round Six followed by a break for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia from April 5.
Last year, Mc Collin, who was on fire for the Dragons ending as the league’s sixth best scorer with 526 goals from 567 attempts, was voted as the T&T Netball Association 2017 ‘Player of the Year and First Citizens Sports Foundation awards nominee.
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