Blades prove sharpest for verstaile Gosport Borough

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Vixens finished second in the All About Netball League

Dramatic finish to league season

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Andrea Davis hailed the Gosport & Fareham Netball Association’s season-opening versatility tournament.

Players from seven teams got a taste of every position on the court in the campaign’s traditional curtain-raising event.

Gosport Borough launched a three-pronged attack on the competiton – with the debut-making Stars, Blades and Mavericks all taking part.

And they claimed a memorable one-two-three as Blades snatched the title from Mavericks on goal-difference.

Davis was delighted by the day as a whole.

She said: ‘They had a beautiful day for it which was a great start to an early Sunday morning.

‘In this tournament each team has to rotate its players through each position in a set format.

‘Goal-keepers end up playing centre and wings are in to shoot – the more versatile the team the better chance of winning they have.’

Teams entered from different divisions for the round-robin event.

Karadents and Market House Misfits, who are regulars in all the Gosport tournaments, represented the lower divisions.

The young Gosport Borough team, Stars, made their versatility debut.

Gosport Borough also entered the Blades and Mavericks.

Blades’ Emily Shemmell, who usually plays in defence, was pleased with her game as shooter as she was almost 100-per-cent accurate.

The other entries were from Gosport Gators and Antonios, who had joined forces with Lesley Bruton.

Mavericks and Blades both won all their games until they met in the last fixture and it proved to be a nail-biter – ending in a draw.

The winner was then decided on goal difference – with Blades coming out on top and Stars completing a Gosport Borough one-two-three.

Rain ruined most of the early skirmishes in the Gosport & Fareham League – with divisions five and six the only to play in week one.

Karadents made a great start in division five with a 29-6 win over United Services Sulturians.

Captain Helen Godden said wing-defence Becca Bowman and goal-shooter Karen Matthews were the stars.

Sulturians got off the mark in week two by beating Mega Mix 30-16.

Fareham Fireflys beat Anna McMahon’s Sapphires 37-15 before getting the better of NATS, who had started with a 35-20 win over Dimon, 42-33.

Absolute All Sorts beat Mega Mix 23-8 before crushing Dimon 55-22 as captain Claire Spence and wing-attack Gemma Greirson were in great form.

Division six started with a 49-20 win for Fareham Hornets over Gosport Gators Yellow.

Hornets then won 25-15 over Stars, who opened with a 14-7 reverse against Market House Misfits.

Pixies beat Fareham Fireflys Silver 27-23 and Gosport Gators Yellow 53-7.