FOLLOWING Jersey’s silver medal performance at the inaugural Inter-Island Games, the majority of the side rejoin Team Jets as they welcome Mavericks Eagles to Les Ormes tomorrow.
Their Bristol-based opponents are sixth, one spot above Jets, but have played two games more, and the Islanders’ head coach believes her team are relishing a “great opportunity” to get back out in front of their home crowd.
Serena Kersten said: “The Inter-Island Games in Isle of Man gave us a great chance to expose some different players.
“We saw girls thrive under the pressure, and they are now much better prepared to step up in the Jets team because of it.
“Competition for the team is higher than ever, which is a brilliant position to be in.”
As the focus switches back to Regional League 1 action, the former England captain felt that competing against the varied styles of teams in Isle of Man aided her side’s progression.
Kersten added: “We don’t get as much exposure to different styles of play.
“The Inter-Island Games gave us a chance to figure out different strategies and test players in different positions.
“Top-level sport is a lot about problem solving. The more we are exposed to different styles the better and more well-rounded we will be as a team.
“Mavericks will provide a test. They’re a strong side.
“It’s important we take our momentum from Isle of Man back into the league games.
“We have a few tough fixtures coming up before Christmas which will be crucial.”
Mavericks have played seven matches, recording three wins and four losses, falling in their most recent fixture 52-47 against high-flying Poole.
Meanwhile, from Jets’ five league matches so far, they have three wins, one loss and one draw. They also boast the best defensive record in the league.
Both outfits will be keen to get back to winning ways as the Jets look to make their games in hand count to move closer to the league’s summit.
With exciting times on the horizon for Jersey Netball, Kersten continued: “We are still pushing for promotion from this division and I believe we are good enough to get there.
“As exciting as the future may be, it’s my job to keep the girls focused on the here and now, starting with tomorrow’s game at home.”
Action is set to get underway at 1pm.
Team Jets: Lauren Devine, Becca Forrest, Kat Le Riche, Jodie Blampied, Taylor May Dickson, Jacy Brown, Libby Rothwell, Antonia Chaytor, Lynsey Pitman, Rosie Tonner, Sophie Sowney, Leah Griffin.