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Vitality Netball Superleague: Georgia Lees on Saracens Mavericks’ consistency and ambitions | Netball Information

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Saracens Mavericks presently sit fifth within the Vitality Netball Superleague desk (Picture Credit score – Morgan Harlow)

Georgia Lees speaks to Sky Sports activities about combining her sporting {and professional} ambitions, in addition to opening up on Saracens Mavericks’ disjointed season.

Lees, who joined Mavericks from Surrey Storm, is now in her third season with Kat Ratnapala’s outfit and spoke to Sky Sports activities forward of 10-match Vitality Netball Superleague weekend.

After the competitors’s transfer to the Copper Field Area in London per week in the past, all groups are making ready for a wealth of netball over the course 4 days as Rounds 13 and 14 come to city.

Mavericks have one other fast turnaround to deal with as they tackle Loughborough Lightning on Friday night time, earlier than assembly Celtic Dragons on Saturday night.

For Lees, being organised and ready for busy instances may be very a lot the norm. Like so many inside the Vitality Netball Superleague, she’s a grasp at juggling priorities as alongside her dedication to Mavericks, she works as a professional doctor affiliate within the NHS.

Vitality Netball Superleague – Rounds 13 and 14

Friday at 5.15pm Surrey Storm vs Celtic Dragons
Friday at 7.15pm Saracens Mavericks vs Loughborough Lightning
Saturday at 2pm Surrey Storm vs Severn Stars
Saturday at 4pm London Pulse vs Strathclyde Sirens
Saturday at 6pm Saracens Mavericks vs Celtic Dragons
Sunday at 2pm Strathclyde Sirens vs Leeds Rhinos Netball
Sunday at 4pm London Pulse vs Manchester Thunder
Sunday at 6pm Crew Tub Netball vs Wasps
Monday at 5.15pm Manchester Thunder vs Crew Tub Netball
Mondat at 7.15pm Leeds Rhinos Netball vs Wasps

With netball having fun with larger visibility than ever earlier than, and gamers’ profiles rising, Lees advised Sky Sports activities that extra ladies and ladies are connecting together with her to ask how she manages her personal workloads.

“It has been good to share my experiences and I am all the time fairly sincere in saying that it’s actually robust, and also you do must study to prioritise your life.

“I’ve began to stay my life by an excel spreadsheet and by my diary, I do not know what I would do with out it,” she stated with an enormous smile on her face.

“I simply hope that I might be an instance to them to point out that you may have an expert profession and pursue different issues as effectively.”

Inside her skilled profession, Lees felt the affect of the pandemic as everybody inside the hospital the place she was then coaching stepped up.

Following preliminary uncertainty about whether or not or not her placements would proceed, Lees discovered herself dealing with new challenges and actually needing to attract upon the robustness she feels her sporting life has given her.

“Netball does train you to be resilient and it teaches you to face issues. I believe that the talents that you just study from netball, have helped me to arrange for the skilled facet of issues as effectively.

“I went again to my placement after per week off while they finalised some issues and was not actually working as a scholar,” she recalled.

“We had been actually on the ward rounds with our consultants. It has been a very good expertise however it has been a tricky yr.”

Wanting particularly on the Vitality Netball Superleague season, ‘robust’ is how you possibly can additionally describe Saracens Mavericks’ marketing campaign so far. After 12 rounds, Ratnapala’s bold group sit in fifth place, with seven wins, 4 losses and a draw to their identify.

It is broadly documented that their squad is full of expertise and when different head coaches learn their line-up it sends ripples of hysteria by means of them. Nevertheless, true consistency has evaded Mavericks thus far, and Lees would not draw back from this.

“There’s numerous exterior stress and scrutiny [this season],” she stated.

“I believe that is nice for the game and it is what the game wants. With each sport being proven, everybody’s capable of see what went unsuitable and see all your weak spots… different groups can go into fixtures absolutely ready for you.

“However, I believe that numerous it’s the inside stress we placed on ourselves, to be higher and to carry out higher as a group. We all know the potential that we have now as a squad and in addition as particular person gamers.”

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What these Mavericks’ outcomes thus far might not know, is that their pre-season wasn’t the simplest. Ine-Mari Venter, their key South African import shooter, arrived late because of the pandemic and as a squad, they’ve needed to isolate thrice. That stated, we’re now into the second half of the season and Lees is conscious that point is ticking by.

“For us as a squad this yr, it has been these unforced errors that everybody appears to discuss; footwork, dropped balls and offsides. They’re the fundamentals for us and that is what we have been disenchanted with.

“Now, it is good to see these issues are bettering week-on-week and in a coaching setting, we’re having these sincere conversations. I believe that is beginning to present on court docket, however we wish that to be extra constant over the 48 minutes.”

Regardless of a couple of frustrations, there’s nonetheless numerous netball left to return within the 2021 Vitality Netball Superleague season and Mavericks’ sights stay locked on it being a hit.

“Prime 4, that is our purpose. Yearly, we purpose for the highest 4,” Lees stated.

“For us, we all know that we have now the gamers and the potential to try this. It might imply the world to win it, and to win it with this group as a result of we’re such a close-knit group of women. It might simply imply the whole lot.”



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