It’s raining awards as Fareham League’s finest are honoured

Knowle Hotshots, back row - left to right: Kerry Carter, Theresa Horswell, Kerry Chaplen, Natasha Howson-Baggott, Angela Carpenter, Victoria Glenister, Helen Manuel. Front row, left to right: Mimosa Griffths, Vicky Richardson
Knowle Hotshots, back row - left to right: Kerry Carter, Theresa Horswell, Kerry Chaplen, Natasha Howson-Baggott, Angela Carpenter, Victoria Glenister, Helen Manuel. Front row, left to right: Mimosa Griffths, Vicky Richardson
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An end-of-season downpour failed to dampen the mood as it rained awards at All About Netball League’s annual presentation night.

Despite adverse weather conditions, all of the teams turned up as the Fareham league honoured the great and the good from the 2015 campaign.

Division two, having grown to full capacity this season, saw some new faces from Fareham Fireflys, Shooting Stars, Fareham Flyers and a second Cams Netball Club team – Cams Confusion.

They joined Knowle Hotshots, Cams Chaos, One Com and Cookies.

Several of these teams started with the Back to Netball groups run by England Netball’s netball development community coach Debbie Laycock.

They are now established clubs with more than one team and are attending coaching and umpiring courses.

One of these teams is Knowle Hotshots.

They dominated the league table throughout the season, only losing two games.

In particular, shooter Vicky Richardson improved throughout the season and is keen to become an umpire.

The Hotshots have also attended and placed well at the Back to Netball tournaments.

Cams Chaos, the second-placed team captained by Gwyneth Kent, had a season-long battle with eventual third-place Shooting Stars which went all the way to the last couple of games.

Stars ultimately paid the price for a slow start to the season, with junior players making up most of the team.

Coach Sarah Kerley played alongside the youngsters, offering expertise and encouragement.

All of the gathered teams voted for a player from the division who had stood out to them throughout the season for sportsmanship, playing ability and other qualities they like to see on court.

The proud winner was Kerry Carter, also from Knowle Hotshots, who shot goals consistently well throughout the whole season.

Division one saw new team Swanmore and promoted sides Oceans and Wildcats join last season’s winners Warriors alongside Devils, Tornadoes, Cams Hill School and Hughes & King.

Swanmore made the old teams stand up and take note but were just pipped at the post by eventual Warriors.

Swanmore captain Lynn Evans said she was very pleased with her team’s performance.

Kate Lawson, goal-shooter for Swanmore, took players’ player honours.

Devils had new players and a new captain.

Grace Barney and her vice-captain Clair Buckland took over at the season’s midway point and Barney says she is looking forward to pushing her team further next season.

Cams Hill School, coached by Lee Holden, had a great season.

Indeed, organiser Dee Parker held the opinion they were the most-improved team in division one.

Cams’ Megan Wallace proved to be a real asset with her versatile playing.

Also winning a players’ player award were Alex Hughes from Oceans and Mimi Corke from Tornadoes.

Organiser Parker said the league has been a huge success this year and will be launching at least one more division for the next campaign.

Impressively, that additional offering is nearly full already, so Parker is now even considering a fourth division.

Any teams wishing to join should email allaboutneball@outlook.com or call 07979 917202.

– HELEN DUNNING