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Mc Collin’s Mavericks silence Thunder
T&T senior national women’s team goal shoot, Kalifa Mc Collin played a key supporting role as benecos Mavericks moved into second place in the England Vitality Netball Superleague following a close 52-49 triumph over Manchester Thunder at the Thunderdome, Manchester on Friday.
Coming off a narrow 46-44 win over UWS Sirens at Hertfordshire Sports Complex less than a week early Mavericks with Karyn Bailey and Mc Collin in attack trailed 13-16 at the end of the first-quarter and 26-29 at the half-time whistle following an even second period.
However, Mavericks defence turned up the heat in the third quarter which resulted in good offense as they dominated 15-8 to grab a 41-37 lead ahead of their final period, where they managed to go point-for-point before hanging onto the slim margin of victory.
The win was the sixth in seven matches this season for Mavericks, now with 18 points, six behind unbeaten defending champions Wasps who are 8-0.
With the loss, Manchester Thunder dropped into a two-way tie with Team Bath, both with 5-1 records and 15 points in third followed by Loughborough Lightning (4-3), Mc Collin’s former club Celtic Dragons (2-4) for six points, former champions Surrey Storm (1-5), Severn Stars (1-6), UWS Sirens (1-5) and winless Team Northumbria (0-7).
The league will now enjoy a five-weeks break a break for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia from April 4-15 before resuming on April 21 with Mavericks versus Lightning, Team Bath (April 29) and Surrey Storm (May 5) to end the first-half of the season.
Last year, Mc Collin was on fire for the Dragons ending as the league’s sixth best scorer with 526 goals from 567 attempts at a league best 92.8 shooting percentage.
She was eventually voted as the T&T Netball Association 2017 ‘Player of the Year and First Citizens Sports Foundation awards nominee.
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