Jets are soaring high

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Vixens finished second in the All About Netball League

Dramatic finish to league season

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THE hard work has paid off with Jets soaring.

They have now recorded their 30th league win since forming back in 1995.

The team was started 20 years ago by Linda Hooper for her daughter Vicki Hooper and her friend Victoria Warnes to play in.

They have always been called Jets and they have retained the same colour kit since day one, of purple and white.

Jets entered the Gosport & Fareham league at the bottom of the divisions that were in place then, gaining promotion each season and have never been relegated – losing only a handful of games in that time.

The team have had many good players over the years, including players who went on to represent their county and England under-21s.

Player Sue Widdowson said: ‘The calibre of players has definitely helped lead to our success.

‘We have never had a sponsor, so we buy all our own kit and pay our own court fees. We don’t train as a Jets team these days and we haven’t done for a good several years.

‘But with some players representing other teams in a regional capacity and others with fitness interests such as running and Zumba it ensures we are all relatively fit!

‘We are really lucky to have Julie Ford providing all our umpiring for us, not an easy task sometimes and definitely appreciated by us all.’

Jets don’t have a captain as the whole team pull together to ensure that they make joint decisions in relation to putting together a rota for weekly playing, scoring, and when to change the team around.

Widdowson added: ‘We try to be open and honest with ourselves and each other if we are having a not-so-good game so that no one person has to make the decision to replace someone on court.’

Centre player Vicki Hooper added: ‘How we work as a team off and on court is the reason we are still winning.

‘We all get on, we all work hard, we have a good team spirit and try to be friendly as well as competitive on court.

‘We are all good quality netball players, bringing a range of experience and age to the team and we refuse to give up!

‘We have rolled with the times as we have lost some good players over the years through injury but we have taken on board some lovely new players, who have fitted in perfectly and helped us to maintain the pace and quality of our game.’

n Jodie Morley and Carol Iggleden have passed their C awards in umpiring.

n Meon are holding trials on Thursday, June 4 at the Portsmouth High School sports hall for their teams in the Southampton, Hampshire and regional division two leagues (6.30pm to 9.30pm).

For more information contact Julie Osborne at josborne1@brock.ac.uk.

n Stars are holding trials for their Hampshire and regional teams at Southdowns College on Wednesday, July 1 and Wednesday, July 8 (7pm to 9pm).

Email janejewell_3@msn.com for more information or an entry form.

n Wannops are looking for players to boost their squad in the South Regional League division one team.

They are holding training and trials at the Mountbatten centre.

Contact Claire Pepper on 07703 583976 for more information.