Fireflys Blue closing in on title

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Rubies gleaming as Clifford apply pressure

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Fireflys Blue are soaring at the top of division six of the Gosport & Fareham League.

And not only that, they are currently unbeaten.

But it has not always been plain sailing for the young team.

The Fareham side’s coach, Ros Bellamy, feared she would be unable to field a team on the eve of the season.

‘The new season was about to start,’ she explained.

‘I had enough registered players already assigned to the teams and then, right at the last minute, I had players letting me know they were unable to play in the winter season.

‘As all captains and managers know, there is a lot of organisation that goes into getting teams affiliated and registered to play in a league.’

With two teams entered into division six and not enough confirmed players, it was a tense time for Bellamy.

But she soon called on some young guns to blast her out of trouble.

‘Having several of our younger players playing in the Gosport & Fareham Junior League, organised by Jannene Taylor and Kelly Hayward, it made sense to give these players the opportunity to develop as players,’ said Bellamy.

‘So this is where our new Fireflys Blue got their winning team.

‘Blue is made up of new players from the under-16 competition and younger, experienced players from the already existing FF teams.

‘And they are doing fantastically, currently sitting in first place.

‘Other existing players who are due to go to university next year have made up our other Fareham Fireflys team that are currently sitting in second place.

‘Both of these teams have come together this season and have worked really well.’

Blue have won all 10 games so far.

Bellamy said: ‘They are currently unbeaten and are working really hard.

‘We are very proud of both of our young teams’ achievements so far.

‘Hopefully they can keep up the hard work and keep enjoying the game.

‘All of our coaches here at FF wish them every success for the rest of the season.’

Fareham Fireflys currently have 12 teams playing competitive netball – 10 in the junior league and these two in adult competition.

‘We are also hoping to run another Return to Netball course next year so keep an eye on the website,’ said Bellamy.

Fareham Fireflys currently have training sessions for Years 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8.

For more details, visit farehamfireflys.com

Fareham Fireflys Blue take on rivals Fareham Fireflys in their derby game on Thursday, January 12 (7pm).