No need for divine inspiration as Heaven Sent eye promotion

Heaven Sent. From left: Tracy Poling, Tracey Timmons, Becki Barr, Jane Barr, Kath Unitt, Gemma Parsons, Carley Breen, Charmaine Davey
Heaven Sent. From left: Tracy Poling, Tracey Timmons, Becki Barr, Jane Barr, Kath Unitt, Gemma Parsons, Carley Breen, Charmaine Davey
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Heaven Sent know they face a battle to complete back-to-back promotions in the Portsmouth League.

The division two outfit currently sit in third spot as runaway leaders AMG dominate the standings.

But they are in a three-way battle for second, with Zest and Junction, which promises to go right to the wire.

Gemma Parsons knows the size of the task facing her troops, particularly without training between fixtures.

However, she insists they will give everything in their bid to secure a place in division one – with four fixtures remaining of the campaign.

Parsons said: ‘We haven’t trained this season but are looking to start training again soon.

‘Last season was a great one for us – winning 10 from 14 games to secure promotion.

‘We started out strong again this season but the games have been tough.

‘We will have to work hard to secure the points needed from our remaining fixtures for a chance at promotion to division one.’

Heaven Sent were formed back in the winter season of 2007-08.

They gained promotion from division four and have managed to reach higher heights since.

The team were previously called Pall Shots – after a merger between Pall Europe and Hotshots – and began life in division five.

The team has not changed much since becoming Heaven Sent.

And they are lucky to still have the majority of the original players who represented the club in that maiden season.

Captain Parsons, Charmaine Davey, Jane Barr, Becki Barr, Carly Breen, Kath Unitt, Tracey Timmons and Tracy Poling all helped establish Heaven Sent.

Naomi Uzzell, Niah Hardcastle and Emi Sutton are the newest members – they have bolstered the ranks over the past few seasons.

The players have all become great friends over the years and still really enjoy being on court together.

The name Heaven Sent came from previous player Nikki Hibbert’s work place, who sponsored the team and provided a new kit.

Parsons added: ‘Previous captain Ellie Woodward and Nikki Hibbert were both long-standing members of the team.

‘But unfortunately, due to serious injury, they are unable to play.

‘They are still hopeful they may be able to return in the future, though.

‘Jane Barr is our only umpire and we are eternally grateful for her covering the games every week.’

Heaven Sent have progressed well after gaining promotion to division three in 2010.

The following season they reached division one – which is their highest achievement yet.

Although they won a couple of games, Heaven Sent had a tough season and were relegated.

They remained in division two for a few seasons before another relegation in 2013 but they are now on the up again and targeting another shot at the first division.