Pugh’s Falcons are soaring high again

Falcons: Back, row, left to right; Katie Russell, Louise Simac, Megan Pugh, Lisa Coppins Brown. Front: Emma Cooper, Megan Williams, Sally Hall, Emma Finnamore

Falcons: Back, row, left to right; Katie Russell, Louise Simac, Megan Pugh, Lisa Coppins Brown. Front: Emma Cooper, Megan Williams, Sally Hall, Emma Finnamore

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Falcons are aiming to continue soaring after sealing promotion back to Portsmouth League premier one.

The team enjoyed an outstanding winter season as they won promotion and are now hoping to push on again.

I hope we can do enough to stay put this time

Megan Pugh

New signing Megan Williams has come in and played a big part already.

She could be a key player as they look to stay in premier one – especially with their super centre Sally Hall soon leaving for university.

Shooter Katie Russell has done a great job settling in and Lisa Coppins Brown is a strong defender for the team.

Captain Megan Pugh said: ‘I’ve been captain for three years now and we have gained promotion twice.

‘In my first season we went up to premier one but unfortunately we lost four key players due to injury with only one week before the new season started.

‘So we recruited and stayed up for two seasons but really struggled to get many wins but we did learn and bond as a team.

‘We dropped down for a season and then dominated premier two through the winter and got promoted to premier one this season.

‘Fingers crossed we stay injury free for this season.

‘We are lucky to have grabbed Megan (Williams) and she is already dominating our games and working well with the girls and will take over from Sally as centre when she leaves.

‘I hope we can do enough to stay put this time.’

Falcons changed their name from Chichester Reds in the summer of 2013.

Jo Paige is their only umpire and the team refer to her as their complete guardian angel for netball.

Pugh added: ‘I couldn’t captain the team without Jo’s constant support and patience.

‘We have recruited Megan Williams but sadly lost Stacey Grant who has joined Misfits.

‘She came in to help us when we were struggling with players and was a good reliable player for us who will be missed.

‘I must make a special mention to my goal-keeper Emma Finnamore, wing-defence Leah Steel and wing-attack Emma Cooper, who have all played for this team and the previous team for over six years now.

‘They are fantastic girls to have around and also my goal-attack Louise Simac, who I threw in at the deep end when bringing her into Falcons as we were in premier one and she had only played school level netball.

‘But she has become a great player and is constantly getting better as well as being the joker of the team.

‘Ridgeway Mercedes have sponsored us and we feel very lucky to have them on board as they purchased us a new kit.’

n Wannops are looking for players to strengthen their squad in the South Regional League division one. They are holding a training/trial session on Thursday, May 7 at 6.30pm to 8pm on the outdoor courts at the Mountbatten centre. Contact Claire Pepper on 07703 583976.

n Meon are holding trials on Thursday, June 4 at 6.30pm to 9.30pm at the Portsmouth High School sports hall for their teams in the Southampton, Hampshire and South Regional League division two. Contact Julie Osborne at josborne1@brock.ac.uk

n Swan host open trials for their senior squad at Crestwood College, Shakespeare Road, Eastleigh, tonight and Thursday, May 7 – from 7pm to 9.30pm. The club have teams in the South Regional League. Email head coach Jo Tweddle at jobull20@hotmail.com

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