Hotshots aim to continue firing

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Hotshots are determined to continue their scorching form in the Gosport & Fareham League.

The team are flying high in division five as they target a second promotion in consecutive seasons.

Captain Emily Forbes believes the versatility they have within their ranks is proving crucial.

She is hopeful they can build on what has been an excellent run of form and seal a place in division four.

Forbes said: ‘We are very excited to be progressing as a team and hopefully we can continue our good start in division five and look towards promotion to division four.

‘Lisa McGuigan and Rosina Haines have progressed massively in the shooting circle and Katie Tabner, Lily Sivyer, Esther Frankland and Sophie Walker have shone so far this season, playing cohesively together in centre court.

‘We have also shown real versatility, with many of the players able to adapt well in different positions on court.

‘In particular, Megs Anderton, Alice Jennings and I, switch between defence and attack regularly and adjust well in both areas.’

It’s been a dream run for Hotshots, who won promotion in only their second season in division six.

That was after a mixed first campaign when they were adapting to life in the Gosport league.

Forbes added: ‘The ladies were disappointed but on the other hand, a second season in division six did us the world of good.

‘We came back to the summer season in fighting form and won all but two of our matches to gain promotion to division five.

‘This fighting form has continued this season where we are currently unbeaten.

‘I think this is due to the consistency of the team we currently have.’

After the initial period of adapting, the squad have gone from strength to strength.

Forbes is happy to have a solid core of 10 players to pick from for each match.

But she admits there are occasions when it would be nice to have a few more to call on.

She said: ‘During the first season, we had to adjust to the differing set-ups between the Total Netball and Gosport league but also to a new line-up, as a number of players had joined between seasons.

‘There have been a few players come and go from the club but the team, as it stands now, have been playing together consistently for the last season.

‘There are 10 women who regularly play for the team and we often have to shuffle things around so that every player gets plenty of matches.

‘Although, there have been some matches where it has been a struggle to put out a team.

‘And on those weeks it sometimes seems 10 isn’t enough.’