Five-star Gators prove a force again

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Vixens finished second in the All About Netball League

Dramatic finish to league season

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Gosport Gators Black are enjoying their best season for years.

The young side currently sit in top spot in division four, having won all five of their games.

They are looking up towards a spot in division three for the first time in their history.

Their success has come after a tough time of rebuilding.

Captain Siobhan Glenn reckons the blend of youth and experience is working a treat for the team.

She said: ‘We have really clicked this season and the girls are playing some fantastic and mature netball.

‘The older and younger girls in the team work really well together, with all ages continually developing their game of netball.’

In September 2011, the team started afresh when many of their players left to go to university.

And it was a bumpy ride for the youngsters.

The team had a tough few seasons but now seem to be heading in the right direction again.

Gators Black had a strong finish at the end of last season to finish fifth in division four, after being promoted from division five the season before.

Glenn said: ‘We have had a couple of tough seasons with players moving on and new girls joining. It can take some time to settle.

‘I couldn’t be more proud of the way the girls play and their excellent attitude on the netball court.’

Gosport Gators Gold and Gators Green are also doing well this season.

Gators Gold are in a promotion place in division three, having won four of their five games and only losing to Fox & Sons II.

Head coach Liz Hendrick, who also plays for the Gold team, feels the side are setting a great example.

She said: ‘Considering all bar one of our players is over 40 and three are celebrating their 50th birthday in May, we don’t do too badly.

‘And it’s great we can show the younger girls in the club that netball is a game you can enjoy for a long time.’

Meanwhile Gators Green sit in seventh place in division seven.

And with continued sponsorship from Fon and Becky Owen at The Queen’s Head, Gosport, the club can concentrate on what’s happening on the court rather than off it.

‘Fon and Becky support several local teams, playing a variety of sports, and we were delighted when they agreed to include us in their good works for the local community,’ said Hendrick.

Gosport Gators Black hope to continue their unbeaten run in their next game on Wednesday at 8.30pm against Fareham Fireflys Blue.