2023 NSL Season Preview: Saracens Mavericks

THE 2023 Netball Super League (NSL) season is just around the corner, and clubs and fans alike are gearing up for another exciting season.

After an eventful off season the 10 NSL clubs are ready to go for another year, and to prepare for the season we here at Rookie Me Central cast our eye around the league and take a look at where each of the clubs sit ahead of the new season.

After multiple frustrating campaigns, the Saracens Mavericks will no doubt be hungrier than ever heading into the 2023 season.

After getting so close to finals in 2021, the win/loss count for the Mavericks went backwards in 2022, and they finished three games short of a place in the postseason compared to the half a game the year before. With that in mind, these North Londoners will be hoping third time’s a charm heading into 2023.

Like many of the other NSL clubs, there are plenty of fresh faces at the Mavericks to watch out for in 2023.

Shooters Ellie Kelk (from Surrey) and Kira Rothwell (London Pulse) are two players set to don the Mavericks’ dress this season, and will no doubt be keen to partner South African star Ine-Mari Venter in the circle.

Speaking of South Africans, defender Monique Meyer has also joined the Mavericks and has moved halfway around the world to join the team.

Someone who has moved from even further away is Lisa Mather, with the midcourter joining the Mavericks from the Northern Stars in New Zealand’s ANZ Championship.

The final inclusions are a pair who were set to play with the Wasps before the club folded.

They are defender Christina Shaw and Georgia Lees, who only left the Mavericks at the end of last season to join the Wasps, but has been welcomed back with open arms.

The changes are not just confined to on court, with former assistant coach Camilla Buchanan stepping up into the senior coaching role, replacing Kat Ratnapala.

Unlike some of their opposition, the Mavericks have in fact announced who their training partners will be in 2023.

Eliza Barclay and Odiri Atirene are returning, but will be joined by the former member of the Mavericks’ pathway Pippa Dixon.

With all these new faces does come a few departures.

Kadeen Corbin has left sister Sasha to join Bath, while former training partner Bella Bayliss has left to go to Loughborough, and Chloe Essam and Gabby Marshall are off to Severn.

2023 Saracens Mavericks squad

Aliyah Zaranyika, Beth Ecuyer-Dale, Britney Clarke, Christina Shaw, Eliza Barclay, Ellie Kelk, Georgia Lees, Ine-Mari Venter, Jodie Gibson, Kira Rothwell, Lisa Mather, Monique Meyer, Pippa Dixon, Razia Quashie, Sasha Corbin, Odiri Atirene

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