Herts Mavericks name final squad ahead of season opener

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Hertfordshire Mavericks head coach Karen Atkinson has finalised her squad of 15 ahead of the new ZNSL netball season which starts at the end of this month.

The Mavericks will open their campaign at the Hertfordshire Sports Village against last years’ runners-up Celtic Dragons on Thursday, January 30 – with the match being shown live on Sky Sports.

Spearheading the Herts side is England International and Mavericks Captain Sasha Corbin. She will be assisted by Camilla Buchanan who returns after the birth of her first child and takes on the role of vice-captain.

England international Kadeen Corbin joins her sister for her first season with Mavericks. She will be a big asset to the shooting circle which has been further strengthened by import Sarah East from Western Australia.

Vicklyn Joseph, Sophie Hankin and versatile GA/WA Michaella McFarlane make up the shooting options for the Mavericks.

The mid-court remains similar to the 2013 campaign, with the ever-reliable Rose Morgan-Smith and Mikki Austin back for another season.

As well as Sasha Corbin and Buchanan, they are also joined by exciting youngsters and NPL players Clare Drakeford and Sophie Carter who have impressed during pre-season.

The defensive trio of Layla Guscoth, Lindsay Keable and Josie Huckle are joined by former NSW Swifts player Samantha May who can operate across all three backline positions.

NPL players Vicky Oyesola, Bea Skingsley and Sally Fisher will all remain as training partners during the season along with England International Sophia Candappa who is currently in rehabilitation from knee surgery.

Head Coach Atkinson admits she is excited about starting the 2014 campaign, saying: “We have had a long pre-season with some great preparation.

“The players have been training together since early September, combined recently with matchplay against five of the other seven ZNSL teams.

“The players are hungry for success in 2014 and I think we have a good blend of experienced Mavericks campaigners along with some new faces to freshen things up.

“I am sure it will be a challenging and fascinating season with all franchises increasing their strength in depth.”

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