Resurgent Phoenix on the rise once again

The Phoenix line-up
The Phoenix line-up
Vixens finished second in the All About Netball League

Dramatic finish to league season

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Phoenix are starting their resurrection in division six of the Gosport & Fareham League.

The team were relegated from division five last season after an overhaul of players saw them win just four of their 14 games.

However, they currently sit in a promotion spot after winning six of their seven games this season – and only losing to Cherque Chicks (33-25).

Fine victories have come against Fareham Spartans (33-20), Misfits (56-16), Karadents (29-22), Bishops Waltham Wildcats A (34-28) and Fareham Hornets (31-15).

And team captain Claire Potter was particularly impressed by her side’s latest success.

She said: ‘We are playing really well at the moment and even managed to win against Gosport Centurians (35-31) last week, despite only having six players.

‘Last season I lost three players and gained three new ones.

‘We didn’t gel very well as a team and went down a division. But this season we have come back with fighting spirit and have finally started to work together.

‘This season I have gained a new player, Emma Patter, who is a big asset to the team and has fitted in really well.’

Phoenix joined the league as Drive Divas in the summer of 2007 when a group of mums at a parent and toddler group decided to get fit and start a netball team.

They began their journey in division six – at that point the bottom tier of the league.

And having lost all their games, they were propping up the division at the end of the season.

But the team has seen a massive improvement since that maiden campaign.

And with continued sponsorship from Fareham Self Drive, Phoenix hope to gain promotion back to division five.

Potter added: ‘I am extremely proud of Phoenix and all we have done – I feel that every player has something fantastic to contribute.

‘We even played in the versatility tournament last month against division one, two and three teams and – despite losing all our games – we never gave up.

‘It would be lovely to be promoted this season but the main thing is that we enjoy our netball.’

Phoenix’s next game is on Thursday, May 17, at 8.30pm against Fareham Spartans.

The team need a wing-defence or centre. Anyone interested should e-mail davidpotter74@ntlworld.com