‘Oldies’ mix is perfect recipe for Cocktails

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Cocktails are proving there is no substitute for experience.

The Portsmouth League outfit tasted promotion joy last term as they earned a spot in division four.

And they are showing no signs of stopping there, having risen to the top of the table after 11 fixtures.

They are currently locked in a battle with Pebbles for top spot – with just goal difference separating the pair.

Sharon Idir captains the side, having joined last year.

And she has been delighted by their progress.

‘We are a happy, fun-loving team who all enjoy each other’s company on and off the court which has helped with our longevity,’ said Idir.

‘Our game is a team effort with all players included equally.

‘We are a mixture of people, hence the name Cocktails.

‘We have allsorts – from teachers and bank clerks to midwives, while we also have identical twins and two sisters-in-law.

‘We may be the oldies on the court – compared to some of the very young teams – but we still can hold our own and put in a good game.’

Cocktails’ record of eight victories from their opening 11 matches backs up the skipper’s point.

But their enjoyment is not restricted to the court.

We usually train on a Tuesday when we have a bye,’ said Idir.

‘But we always have a social after where lots of wine is drunk.

‘Linsay our social secretary organises all of them – including our Christmas party nights, too.’

Cocktails were originally formed in the late 1990s.

They were originally called TSB – as Debbie Davis and Sarah Marples worked at the bank.

After ringing the changes, they were reincarnated as Pompey Chimes.

Next up they played as Pink Ladies until finally changing their name to Cocktails around 10 years ago.

Former skipper Linsay Smith said: ‘The vast majority of our team is still the same.

‘Only one or two have changed due to pregnancies but between us we have delivered 13 babies and all returned to our team.

‘The newest addition is baby Evie who is only seven months old.

‘The newest player is our current captain Sharon Idir who joined us last year.’

Cocktails are indebted to long-standing umpire Karen Dandy, who fulfils the team’s officiating duties.

The club’s current sponsor is Kelly Harvey’s employer DSTL – and they kindly paid for the team’s most recent new kit.