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Pink Harriers have made an encouraging start to life in division three of the Gosport & Fareham League.

Harriers, who had been a consistent side in division four for many seasons, secured promotion last time out.

And, four games into the current campaign, they are already holding their own at the higher level.

Team captain Julie Morris admitted her surprise at the promotion.

But has expressed delight with her team’s early-season form.

‘Going up to division three was a bit of a surprise,’ she said.

‘We anticipated it to be quite a challenge but we won our first two matches and we’re delighted with how things are going.’

After their triumphant start to the season, Pinks suffered back-to-back defeats.

But they are sitting pretty in mid-table – marking an impressive rise for a club who have existed less than a decade.

The team, who were formed in September 2004 by Lynn Harris, began life as part of Stubbington Netball Club.

Then known as Stubbington Pinks, Harris coached and entered them into the Gosport & Fareham League for the summer season – starting in March 2005.

‘Lynn wanted to put together a team of ladies who, perhaps, had been out of the sport for a few years,’ said Morris.

‘Maybe for those who had not played since school, like myself, or in fact had never played at all – as was the case with at least one of our original team members.

Soon after that, Stubbington Netball Club folded, leaving Morris and team-mates Helen Carrington and Pam Fisher to put a team together.

Pink Harriers were born and, as Morris explains, have since gone from strength to strength.

‘Recently we have welcomed new members to the team, who are in their first or second season with us, and they are all fitting in brilliantly,’ she said.

‘We have also had to say goodbye to some friends over the years who have left to have babies. But most have come back to play, showing how much they enjoy the sport and value the friendship of their team-mates.

‘We have quite a wide age range of players – from early-20s to mid-40s.

‘But everyone plays to their strengths and contributes to the overall effectiveness of the team.’

Harriers are always on the lookout for new players, too.

Morris said: ‘We will always be a team of ladies who enjoy their sport and we would encourage anyone to come and join in and have a go.’

Pink Harriers are next in action on Wednesday against West Hill Warriors (8.30pm).

They are currently looking for a sponsor. If you are interested, contact Morris on 07801 437989.