Marvellous Meon on trophy trail again

Meon 2 netball team. Back, from left, Jamie White, Jodie Carolan, Lyndsey O'Connor, Kayleigh McAdam, Elle Guest, Kelly Wallis. Front, Chelsea Smee, Angie Osborne, Abbie Curtis, Louise Granger, Cara Plumridge. Not pictured: Leanne Watson.
Meon 2 netball team. Back, from left, Jamie White, Jodie Carolan, Lyndsey O'Connor, Kayleigh McAdam, Elle Guest, Kelly Wallis. Front, Chelsea Smee, Angie Osborne, Abbie Curtis, Louise Granger, Cara Plumridge. Not pictured: Leanne Watson.
Vixens finished second in the All About Netball League

Dramatic finish to league season

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Meon Netball Club continues to add to its brimming trophy cabinet after another successful campaign.

Meon 1, 2 and 3 have all claimed trophies during a glorious winter season – and Meon 4 currently top their division in the Portsmouth Summer League.

The first team have had their best season in recent years, winning all but two of their fixtures in the fiercely-competitive Southampton Premier League.

They finished second in the league and would have earned top spot, but for an admin error leading to a points deduction.

Captain Anna Howson has led by example and shown great versatility for Meon 1, proving what an asset she is – both as a defender and attacker.

Youngster Lizzie Orridge has also had a fine season for the team, which is now preparing for the Hampshire play-offs to battle for a place in the regional league.

Meon head coach Debbie Laycock said: ‘I wasn’t sure anything could top last season, but Meon 1 players never cease to amaze me.

‘We have been stronger and have been more of a presence on court. The attack is slicker and our netball has been fluent.

‘Meon first-team players have had to step up this season, both on and off the court. They deserve their continued success and I will always be very proud of them all.’

And Meon 2 have been hot on the first-team’s heels.

After being promoted for the fifth successive time last year, the target was a consistent season and top-five finish. All targets were exceeded, though, as they finished in second place.

Laycock added: ‘Meon 2 have had a superb season.

‘We have youngsters like Elle Guest coming through and new players Lou Granger and Kayleigh McAdam fitting in really well. So many players have improved and that’s had a real impact on, not just the team, but the whole club.

‘The gap between Meon 1 and 2 is becoming smaller and that is very healthy.’

Meon 3, meanwhile, went one better than their club-mates, earning the winner’s trophy and promotion from division three of the Gosport & Fareham Winter League.

It was a huge improvement from the team who finished near the bottom the season before – and just desserts for their huge efforts, according to coach Angie Osborne.

She said: ‘Many Meon 3 players came to us from the Back to Netball sessions run locally, or have moved to the area and hadn’t played for a while.

‘It took a while for them to gel, but all of them have worked so hard in training and reaped the rewards.’

Goal-shooter Rachel Corkett has proved a prime target for Meon 3, while team-mates Harriet Hardy, Marie Lane and Helen Brockway have excelled.

Meon 4 hope to emulate their team-mates’ success during the summer season in division five of the Portsmouth League.

So far they have racked up impressive victories over Fishbourne Flames (42-15), Solutions (57-9) and Oceans 7 (36-25).

Assistant coach Steph Strode said: ‘We’ve seen such an improvement in our division four players’ skills and confidence.

‘There is no doubt that consistency has been key so far this season.

‘We have had a few players out through injury but they are starting to come back so the summer season should be good.’

Claire Shinar has been a formidable force at centre for Meon 4, while Rachel Nuth and captain Katie Luff have also impressed.

n Meon Netball Club trains on Thursday nights at Portsmouth High School, Southsea.

The club welcomes players of all abilities.

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