Linke backs improvers to Loc down promotion

Loc Out. Back row, from left: Rachel Hewett, Annika Vincent, Louise Aldhous, Sarah Tyson, Kirsty Graham Front row, from left: Pippa Andrews, Hollie Luff, Nicki Linke (c)
Loc Out. Back row, from left: Rachel Hewett, Annika Vincent, Louise Aldhous, Sarah Tyson, Kirsty Graham Front row, from left: Pippa Andrews, Hollie Luff, Nicki Linke (c)
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Loc Out are preparing to step into the unknown.

The talented outfit have enjoyed a fantastic season in division four of the Gosport & Fareham League.

And as a result they are looking towards the third tier for the first time since entering the league.

Having completed their fixtures, Loc Out have been left sweating on other results to see if they will be promoted.

But whether they make the jump this term or not, the future is certainly bright.

‘We have had a great season with some fantastic results along the way,’ said captain Nicki Linke.

‘We have built on where we were at the end of last season and given ourselves a great base going forward.

‘Carol Barber sadly had to retire due to injury and is sorely missed but Sarah Tyson and Pippa Andrews are forging a great partnership as goal-keeper and goal-defence.

‘And with the addition of Louise Aldhous at wing-defence, our defence is going from strength to strength.

‘Hollie Luff and Rachel Hewett continue to control the centre court and provide great support to Annika Vincent and myself in the shooting circle.

‘Kirsty Graham has returned to the team after four years.

‘And due to her flexibility in position – playing at centre, wing-attack and goal-defence – she is a fantastic asset to the team.

‘Her presence means we can maintain a certain standard when we have absences.

‘Nyssa Jarman has kindly stepped in from Portsmouth when we have been short of players, too.

‘Both myself and Annika have missed some matches and once again Rachel has been fantastic stepping in as a shooter.’

Linke reckons consistency is the key for her squad.

While they play for rival teams in the Portsmouth League, they remain united in Gosport.

‘Most of us also play in Portsmouth but for different teams,’ she said.

‘However, the majority of us have been together in Gosport for a few seasons now.

‘And this consistency and strength has meant our netball has improved.

‘Our passing and flow up and down the court is getting quicker and our understanding of each other is continuing to grow.

‘There is a great camaraderie and I’m very proud to be the captain.

‘We may miss out on promotion this season but the future is looking really positive.’

Loc Out entered the league in 2005 as EADS Astrium Flyers.

The team changed their name when sponsored by Graham’s husband Carl, who owns a locksmith business.

They have twice been promoted from division five, winning the title in 2012.