More Queensland joy for Mavericks in Super Netball

Adrian Warren |

Shimona Jok was almost unstoppable in the Mavericks’ win over the Firebirds in Queensland.
Shimona Jok was almost unstoppable in the Mavericks’ win over the Firebirds in Queensland.

The Melbourne Mavericks have enjoyed another visit to the Sunshine State, with shooter Shimona Jok dominating in a 69-62 Super Netball win over the struggling Firebirds in Brisbane.

It was the newest club’s highest score and biggest win following their first victory over Sunshine Coast on their previous trip to Queensland.

Jamaican Jok was a near unstoppable force at Nissan Arena, making 50 of 55 shots with Eleanor Cardwell, back from an ankle injury, proving a perfect foil.

Jok who was only signed as the Mavericks’ 11th player back in April, was well served by accurate feeding from Molly Jovic and Maisie Nankivell, who notched 28 and 22 goal assists respectively.

The Mavericks (2-4) bounced back from a 22-goal beating by Adelaide, the biggest loss in their short history.

“From going hard at training and not taking any short cuts I think that’s how we delivered out here today,” Jok told Fox Sports after logging the biggest individual score yet for the Mavericks.

Shimona Jok.
Shimona Jok stretches to pull in a high pass for the Mavericks in Brisbane. (Jono Searle/AAP PHOTOS)

The Firebirds (1-5) suffered a fourth successive loss and went into the game without head coach Bec Bulley, who returned to Victoria after the death of her grandfather.

In her absence assistant Lauren Brown stepped up, but it proved a tough debut as her side never led at any stage.

An 8-2 run in the Mavericks’ favour gave them a 19-13 lead at quarter time and they were ten up at the half.

Brown benched Diamonds shooter Donnell Wallam (33 of 38) for the third quarter and brought her back at the start of the fourth.

The Mavericks boosted their lead to 16 in the third term before two Super Shots to both Emily Moore and Tippah Dwan helped reduce the deficit to 11 heading in to the last.

Moore hit three successive Super Shots to reduce the gap to six inside the last two minutes, but the Mavericks closed out the game comfortably.

Firebirds captain Kim Ravaillion started a game for the first time this season, but Brown made numerous changes through the game, while Mavericks coach Tracey Neville maintained her starting seven for the whole match.

“The key thing for me was the technical skill today, it was where we needed it to be,” Neville told Fox.

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