City women make it a Southern League double

14/5/2011 (SPORT)''The Hampshire County Athletics Championships took place at the Mountbatten Centre in Stamshaw on Saturday 14th May 2011.''Pictured is: (right) Sam Vaile competing with (left) Deanna Giddings in the Under 20's 100m womens category.''Picture: Sarah Standing (111786-4524)
14/5/2011 (SPORT)''The Hampshire County Athletics Championships took place at the Mountbatten Centre in Stamshaw on Saturday 14th May 2011.''Pictured is: (right) Sam Vaile competing with (left) Deanna Giddings in the Under 20's 100m womens category.''Picture: Sarah Standing (111786-4524)
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City of Portsmouth’s women’s squad made it a memorable double after they lifted the Southern Women’s League title at the weekend.

The ladies followed on from the men’s team league success as they won their final fixture of the campaign in Yeovil.

That saw them take senior division one victory as they racked up a 107-point return.

City defeated second-placed Exeter and also made sure nearest-rivals Basingstoke and Mid Hants could not reel them in.

Sam Vaile led the way for her team in the sprints as she delivered a double victory in the 100m and 200m.

Vaile clocked a 12.9sec time in the A string 100m and followed it up with a 26.6 effort over 200m.

She then followed that with another A-string victory in the long jump (5.10m) as she delivered a barn-storming effort.

Katy Watts kept the wins coming in the throws after she came home victorious in her preferred javelin event with an 46.56m A-string throw.

Watts was also second in the discus (34.83), while Ros Stansbury was an A-shot winner (9.97).

Sophie Millett kept the points coming for City with her 2.85m win in the pole vault.

The 4x100m team then produced as the quartet of Vaile, Watts, Claire Netley and Hollie Fudge linked up to win in a time of 52.9.

City coach Dave Churcher explained the spirit shown by the team on their final outing reflected the resolve they had shown all season.

Churcher said: ‘We’ve won the match and, as a result, we have won the league.

‘It’s been a good season for the team, with them coming third in the national league as well.

‘We have managed to dig in and fill every place. We have shown that spirit all the way through.

‘We’ve always been team-oriented. If there is a gap on the team sheet, people offer to fill it.

‘It’s good to follow on from the men’s success and make it a double.

‘It’s great to end the league season as champions. It’s an achievement to enjoy.’

Churcher will now take the women’s team into their final outing of the season on Saturday when they battle it out in the BAL Cup.

They will travel to Derby as the team look to bring the curtain down on the campaign.

City will have team members missing, but Churcher knows he will again be able to rely on his side delivering a fired-up performance.

He said: ‘We have a few key people unavailable but we know people will go out and give their usual 100-per-cent effort.

‘They will give a good account of themselves. They always do.’