Fresh promotion push for new-look AMG

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Mel Arnold has her sights firmly fixed on division one of the Portsmouth League.

The AMG skipper has overseen the new-look outfit’s rise to the top of the second division standings.

And Arnold is confident the team, formerly known as Soccer City Girls and Oceans 7, can make the step up to the next level.

AMG have made a fast start to the season – claiming five wins and a draw from their opening six fixtures.

They currently sit in pole position in the table – seven points clear of the chasing pack, which is led by Zest and Heaven Sent.

Arnold, who led the team to the third division title last term, said: ‘We are getting stronger with each division we are in.

‘And I have high hopes of reaching division one.

‘Our whole team are mostly made up of full-time, working mums.

‘We are not able to train as much as we used to but Tuesday night is our little bit of “me-time”.

‘We do, however, take full advantage of entering the mini-league the Portsmouth Netball Association put on, so we can better our play.

‘We also try to get together with other teams during season breaks to have friendly matches.

‘I’m so grateful for my whole team’s consistency and their commitment.

‘They turn up each week, come rain or shine and give 100 per cent no matter what is going on at home.

‘We have been together a long time and are good friends as well as team-mates, I think that helps us to play our game.’

AMG secured new sponsorship this season, with fresh kit inspiring them to top form on the court.

And Arnold is delighted her team are repaying that faith.

‘We have a sponsor this season – AMG The Garage Ltd,’ she said.

‘They bought us a whole new kit with printing and a kit bag, including netballs.

‘They are very pleased with our progress and we thank them for the lovely new kit which has got us many compliments.’

Arnold’s vice captain Amanda Hook and team-mate Lesley Bruton help out with umpiring.

New signings Sandra Davey-Snuggs and Holly Davey-Snuggs boosted the ranks this term, while goal-keeper Kirsty Madigan arrived last term.