Loc Out have top spot on lock down

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IMPRESSIVE Loc Out are setting a furious pace at the top of division five of the Gosport & Fareham League.

Seven wins on the bounce have put them in a great position.

Things are definitely looking bright for team captain Nicki Linke.

And she is delighted with the way the team have started the season.

Linke said: ‘We have had some really tough but enjoyable games this season – with a bit of luck thrown in.

‘I just hope that continues for the rest of the season.

‘I’m really proud of the team and would like to say a special thank you to Carol Barber and Rachel Hewett for covering as goal-attack/shooter a few times this season. They were awesome.’

New signings have contributed to the success of the team.

But the core group of players are also doing the business.

It is the perfect blend for earning wins on the court – and the mix is paying off in style.

Linke added: ‘Most of us have been playing together for over seven years but there have also been some great new additions to the team in the past few years and we have really started to work together.

‘Annika Cole, Carol Barber, Susanna Smith and I are all originals from the EADS Astrium Flyers days.

‘Carol Barber, Sarah Tyson and Pippa Andrews work tirelessly in defence.

‘Rachel Hewett, Susanna Smith, Hollie Luff and Kate Reid keep the centre court movement flowing and make some fantastic passes into Annika Cole and myself as shooters.

‘Although I have been Loc Out’s captain for the past few years, I have a lot of help from Annika and the whole team shares the umpiring and scoring, so it really is a team effort.’

The team entered the league in 2005, and back then they were known as EADS Astrium Flyers.

They had playing together in the Portsmouth League for a number of years.

But with new sponsorship came a name change, and the team became Loc Out – a locksmith business owned by former team member Kirsty Graham’s husband Carl.

It’s not all been plain sailing for the team, though.

They have experienced many ups and downs.

Promotion from division four in 2010, after securing a second place finish in division five, was followed by eventual relegation in 2011.

In recent seasons, Loc Out have struggled to have a consistent team due to injuries but things are definitely looking up now.

Loc Out are looking to continue their fine run of victories when they take on Blues tonight at 7pm.