Fusion of friends proves triumphant mix again

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Participants of the walking netball tournament. Picture: Helen Dunning

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Rosie Swannack reflected on Fusion’s return to the Gosport & Fareham League and declared: It’s good to be back.

After five years out, the side came back with a bang and soon netted promotion to division six.

Victory over Pumas in the first game of the new season proved they will be no pushovers at the higher level, too.

A 39-21 defeat to Hughes & Ellard followed but they still sit in second spot behind early pacesetters Cherque Chicks.

Fusion originally formed in 2002 as a group of friends who wanted to get back into playing netball.

They entered the Gosport & Fareham League in 2003 but by 2007 many of the players had left because of other commitments and so the side disbanded.

But now they are back – and captain Swannack is delighted to be at the helm.

‘It was obviously a big drop for myself as I had continued playing with another team in the league and had worked my way up to division two,’ she said.

‘Six of us were members of the first Fusion team, though.

‘And we just couldn’t resist playing in the same colour as we did previously and using the same name.

‘I am so pleased with how the team have done, especially with the promotion to division six.

‘We had a bit of a blip mid-season when I couldn’t play and we didn’t have any other shooters.

‘But we managed to get a new player who had previously played netball for many years and we seemed to get back on track.

‘Some of our team have not played netball in over 20 years, so the thought of being promoted was a little overwhelming.

‘But at the end of the day they are getting out there and enjoying the game and socialising.

‘The more games they get to play, the better their game will improve.’

Their progress shows no sign of stopping, either.

A good start to life in division six has laid the foundation for another impressive season for the team.

Swannack is hoping her side enjoy this season as much as the last.

And if they continue to go from strength to strength, the skipper is refusing to rule out expanding the club.

‘Hopefully this season we will do just as well and keep the enjoyment of playing netball together,’ she said.

‘We won our opening game, so that has given us a boost.

‘I’ve had lots of people asking to join or to start another team and hopefully in September we will be able to do that.

‘We would love to have a sponsor to help pay for a second set of kits for the new team as all costs are currently coming from our own pockets.’

If you are interested in sponsoring Fusion, e-mail rosiehardy@hotmail.co.uk

Fusion’s next game is next Thursday against Fareham Spartans (7pm).

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