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SOS have made a fine start to life in Portsmouth League division one.

And skipper Ceri Kentish is determined to keep up the good work and avoid an instant return to division two.

SOS are currently sitting in third spot after earning promotion in the summer.

They were third behind Purbrook Passion and Skywatch last season but have outperformed their rivals so far this campaign.

With seven victories from 11 outings, only Trojan FFC and Magics are above them.

Kentish is refusing to get carried away, though.

She said: ‘Our aim is to stay put in division one.

‘We are currently sitting comfortably third, so if we keep working hard we should stay up this season.’

SOS were formed nearly 30 years ago as a works team called Ferranti.

They played in a works league on a Wednesday night, while also competing in the Portsmouth and Gosport leagues at the weekend.

After several years the team became established and settled into the Portsmouth League – mainly playing in division four.

They changed their name to SOS and won promotion to division three in the summer of 2007 before working their way up to division one last season.

Kentish, who joined the side 12 years ago, reckons team spirit has been the key to the SOS success story.

She said: ‘We have all taken our turn in being captain over the years, so we all appreciate how hard work it can be.

‘We are a good solid team now with some great friendships formed.

‘Off court we enjoy socialising and always enjoy our annual holidays where we have been skiing, visited Center Parcs and this year we went to the New Forest which was a fun-filled weekend as always.

‘We like to enter fun tournaments and one year dressed as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!’

Fiona Shaw, Lesley Woodgate and Nicki Dyer are the three remaining players from the original Ferranti work team.

Lorna Issacs joined when the side switched to become SOS, while Tracy Chambers, Diane Ormsby and Sian Bryant have been with the team for around 15 years.

Other players are Claire Cook, Sharon O’Neill and more recently Julie Barker, who plays when needed.

Five years ago, SOS ditched their tired grey and red kit for a fresh strip of blue with red piping thanks to sponsorship from CoralTree Systems.

And more recently they purchased their own new kit – although kept the blue theme which brought them lots of luck on their rise to division one.

The main ethos of team remains to have fun and enjoy the game – although the victories are always appreciated.