Gosport’s golden generation in promotion push

Stephanie Rubin SUS-141106-150925001

Stephanie Rubin SUS-141106-150925001

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GOSPORT GATORS GOLD are well on course to be promoted from Gosport & Fareham League division three.

The side have had a remarkable campaign and are top having won eight of their nine games.

They have only lost to Fox & Sons II this term.

Captain Rachel Elgie said: ‘This season has to be one of my most enjoyable so far and not just because we are winning.

‘We are playing good netball and having consistency within the team has given us the opportunity to work together and develop our team game.

‘Solid defensive work is giving us turnover ball and we are managing to hold on to it, bring it up the court and then convert it into goals.

‘We are working well, team spirit is high and we are enjoying our games.

‘I think our age and experience actually works in our favour.

‘We may not all be able to keep up with the youngsters the other teams have but we can keep a cool head when it is needed and dig deep.

‘Because it isn’t necessarily all about winning for us these days we are able to keep calm and not get riled or flustered, we make mistakes but we get over them.’

Gators Gold, formerly known as Gators A, secured promotion to division three last year and are well on the way to tasting life in division two.

They will be hoping to continue their good run in their next game on Wednesday at 8.30pm against second place Gosport Borough Avengers.

Gosport Gators’ other teams, Black and Green, are also doing well this season.

Gators Black are enjoying their best season for years after a hard few seasons spent rebuilding the team.

The young side are top of division four, having won all nine of their games and are looking up to division three for the first time in their history.

Meanwhile, Gators Green sit in seventh place in division seven with two wins out of nine.

Elgie said: ‘I am so pleased for Gators Black and Green, too. Black are having a phenomenal season and it is great to see them finally settled after so many seasons of changes within the squad.

‘Green are so young and really have been thrown in at the deep end but they are applying what they learn in training and are becoming stronger week on week.

‘They have a great deal of potential, I hope the confidence boost they will get from their latest win will make them see what we see from the sidelines.’

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.

Elgie said: ‘Fon and Becky support several local teams and we were delighted when they agreed to include us.’

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