IT WAS a case of sink or swim for the netballers at Mobys at the start of the current Gosport & Fareham League.
But after being thrown in at the deep end for their division five campaign, it appears that the new-look side are riding the crest of the wave.
Losing their goal-attack, goal-shooter, centre and goal-keeper before the start of the new season left Mobys in a state of emergency.
A daunting term at the wrong end of the table was anticipated.
That was, of course, until their SOS for new players was answered.
Annie Scanlon, Emily Langsdale, Kerry Snape and Kerry Loughrey all answered the call for help – since then Mobys haven’t looked back.
With three wins from their opening five games of the season – against Fareham Spartans, Bishop’s Waltham Wildcats and NATS Globetrotters – the team proudly sits fourth in the league table.
And with confidence brimming throughout the side, team captain Nicole Dugan is even daring to dream about promotion.
She, however, insists the team will take it one game at a time in the weeks to come before thinking of mounting such a challenge.
‘We have got practically a new team this season and had to have a big rearrangement with positions after losing our goal-attack, goal-shooter, centre and goal-keeper last season,’ said Dugan.
‘But we have got some fantastic new players in Annie Scanlon, Emily Langsdale, Kerry Snape and Kerry Loughrey and they are all fitting in brilliantly and adding something to the team.
‘We have trained a little bit but we all got thrown into it at the start of the season, so we are pretty chuffed that we have won the majority of our games. We have stayed in division five for a few seasons now and we are really happy with that.
‘Once the team is more settled, it would be nice to start challenging for a promotion place but we will just take every game as it comes.’
A positive start to the new season is certainly welcomed in the Mobys ranks, given the many ups and downs they have experienced in recent seasons.
Formerly known as Krazee Kats, the team finished third from bottom of division six in the 2010 winter season and were lucky not to get relegated.
They then followed that up with a mid-table finish.
But it wasn’t until the 2011 winter season that they started their ascent up the standings, finishing runners up in division six and gaining promotion to division five, where they have stayed ever since.
The team have also been boosted by the continued support provided by sponsors Mobys – a children’s indoor play centre.
‘Mobys are really supportive and are always interested in the matches, which is great,’ said Dugan.
‘They even have a notice board where Mobys netball team is featured, giving details about how we are doing.
‘They have also given us the sponsorship money to be able to pay for our new kit.’
Mobys next match is next Thursday at 7pm aainst NATS Globetrotters.