Promotion charge is Heaven Sent

Carly Breen in action against SOS at Bransbury Park. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (110576-8)
Carly Breen in action against SOS at Bransbury Park. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (110576-8)
Vixens finished second in the All About Netball League

Dramatic finish to league season

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Ellie Woodward has hailed the transformation of Heaven Sent after they answered her rallying cry.

The skipper gave her ‘pep talk’ after the Portsmouth League outfit began last summer’s campaign with three straight defeats.

Eager to halt the decline, Woodward demanded extra commitment.

And Heaven Sent, form-erly known as Pall Europe and Pall Shots, responded in style.

They won their next 10 matches, securing promotion to division three where they are closing in on yet another promotion.

Woodward said ‘Last su-mmer we had a bad start, losing the first three games so I had a pep talk with the girls demanding they all committed to training as I wanted to keep pushing further up the table.

‘My efforts were met and we won the next 10 games to secure yet another promotion to division three.

‘We started this season really well and won the first nine games, which gave us a 19-game undefeated record.

‘We did not play for six weeks over the Christmas break due to the snow and the fact we had a bye, we hadn’t trained either so were all a bit rusty for our first few games back which we lost three on the trot.

‘Our confidence had gone after such a great unbeaten record but we did bounce back and are now on course for another promotion this season.’

Heaven Sent will know whether they make the jump as champions or finish runners-up after next week’s fixture.

And again Woodward will rely on her versatile troops to produce the goods.

Key players such as Nikki Hibbert, Alena Rodgers and Charmaine Davey have all excelled in more than one position during their time at the club.

Jane Barr has also been invaluable at goal-keeper and umpire.

And while they miss the unavailable Emma Gale, Gemma Parsons has once again been brilliant at goal-attack.

Heaven Sent have, ho-wever, been dealt a blow.

Coach Laura Firbank moves to Australia this week, so they are on the lookout for a replacement.

Heaven Sent train every other Monday with division two side Taylor Cocks.