Meon relishing division two challenge

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Meon are making their mark in Gosport League division two after winning promotion last season.

The team have had to contend with injuries to key players but have made some quality new signings.

Laura Towey has made an excellent first impression, filling the role of goal-attack beautifully.

Her movement around the circle and partnership with shooter Rachel Corkett is great to watch and Towey has become a real asset to the team.

Meon also welcomed Rachel Nuth, who was promoted from Meon’s Portsmouth squad.

Rachel brings great speed and energy to the wing-attack position.

Meon knew the jump to division two would not be easy.

Unfortunately injury has made it that little bit more challenging.

Captain Helen Boggs said: ‘We have greatly missed defender Katie Luff, who has been out since the start of the season after a foot operation and also our centre court player, Marie Lane, who has picked up an ankle injury.

‘Both players should be back to full fitness in the next couple of weeks and we are looking forward to having them back for the second half of the season.

‘We are really enjoying playing in the higher division this season as the quality of netball is definitely pushing us and the improvements in players’ performance week after week is really great to see.

‘Injury has caused us a few problems but I have been really impressed with how versatile our team has been, quickly adapting to team changes.

‘Trish Relf, in particular has shone in both defence and attack.’

The team are lucky to have support from the Meon Club, including umpire Angie Osborne and Level One coach Steph Strode.

According to Strode, who has attended each game and offered support and advice for the team, Meon have the quality to stay in division.

She said: ‘The girls have been working really hard in training and getting used to new team combinations.

‘I’m confident their hard work will pay off and they will play division two again next season.’

It is half way through the season and Meon have already made a good impression, beating United Services 45-25.

They will be looking to keep their form going in the coming matches.

If any player would like to join Meon Netball Club see the website for more information.

The club train on Thursday evenings at Portsmouth High School in Southsea.

They have various teams in the Portsmouth, Gosport and Southampton leagues as well as the Hampshire and Regional leagues.

They also have a junior section called Jellies.