Saracens Mavericks claim inaugural Lyn Gunson trophy beating Team Bath in the final of netball's pre-season tournament

George Fisher was on fire for the Mavericks (twitter: @SaracensMav)
13:15pm, Mon 09 Dec 2019
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The Saracens Mavericks denied Team Bath a fifth straight victory in Netball's annual pre-season tournament securing a 33-27 result and becoming the first team to lift the newly-named "Lyn Gunson" trophy.

Kat Ratnapala's side headed into the final quarter with just a one goal advantage but percentage shooting from England star George Fisher, fresh off the back of a series win in South Africa, helped secure the victory by six goals. 

The team walked home with the trophy named in honour of the former England and Bath coach.

The final rounded off two days of netball as the two teams and four others (Surrey Storm, Sirens, Severn Stars and Knights Men's Netball) took to the court for their first competitive seven-a-side of the season.

This was an opportunity for clubs to put debutants to the test with Betsy Creek, Khanyisa Chawane and Fi Toner pulling on Team Bath dresses for the first time as they stormed to the final. Surrey Storm brought in Leah Middleton and Niamh Cooper while Sirens debuted South African defender Zanele Vimbela.

All-male side "The Knights", coached by Tallisa Haynes missed out on a final place by the smallest of margins but won the crowd with their agility, enthusiasm and athleticism.